About the Lab
Binod Basyal-Binod started his Ph.D. in Fall 2015 and is interested in how plant-mycorrhizal interactions affect growth of perennial bioefuel crops, specifically switchgrass responses to drought stress.
Grace Freundlich- Grace started her Ph.D. program in 2016. Her work focuses on understanding ecological factors that influence defense priming in plant-herbivore interactions.
Kylea Garces- Kylea started her Ph.D. program in Summer 2018 and is interested in root endophytes and plant-fungal interactions.
Kimberly Koenig- Kimberly started her Ph.D. Summer 2018 and is interested in invasive plants and land conservation practices. Her dissertation research focuses on soil ecology of the invasive grass Microstegium vimineum.
Abhi Maurya- Abhi started his PhD. in 2016. His work focuses on plant-herbivore interactions and plant chemical defenses.
Aaron Sexton- Aaron joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in Summer 2017 and is interested in plant-insect interactions. His dissertation research focuses on how solitary bees respond to grassland restoration efforts in Louisville and Michigan.
Myron Adams- Summer 2019. Myron is conducting independent research on the ecology of plant chemical defenses.
Adam Browning- 2019. Adam's independent research examines whether parasites of native bee nests in local prairie restorations are influenced by the types of pollen used in nest provisioning. He has received funding through the SROP program at UofL.
Keegan Curry- 2019. Keegan is conducting research on the ecology of plant-fungus interactions and is working to culture root endophytes from the dune building grass, Ammophila breviligulata.
Emma Ison- Fall 2019. Emma is conducting research to assess the cyanogenic potential of leaves and seeds in response to herbivory.
Griffin McHugh- 2019. Griffin is conducting independent research on the ecology of plant chemical defenses.
Ashley Patterson- Fall 2019. Ashley is conducting independent research using GIS and remote sensing technology to provide data on soils and landscape features associated with invasion of Microstegium vimineum in local forests.
Grason Tabor- Fall 2019. Grayson is researching how aboveground plant herbivory affects plant associations with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant-parasitic nematodes belowground.
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Kyle Anderson- Kyle earned his M.S. in April 2015, conducting research on disturbance effects on biodiversity of marine meiobenthos. He is now a project manager at PharMerica.
Katie Arstingstall- Katie worked in my lab for one semester as an undergraduate lab assistant, focusing on plant-nematode associations. She graduated in 2017 and is pursuing a masters degree at Oregon State University.
Sam Benanti- Sam graduated in Dec. 2012 from UofL and conducted research on mycorrhizal fungi in sand dunes. He is interested in going to graduate school in forestry.
Sarah Fosnight Benton- Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in May 2019. She conducted research in my lab for two years, working on various projects including how mycorrhizal associations in plants varied in response to prairie restoration efforts and how nematode feeding preferences differed between native and non-native plants. She now works for Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville as a Biological Technician.
Emily Brown- Emily was an undergraduate student as Asbury College (KY), and conducted independent research in my lab during the summer of 2008 studying competition between native and invasive sand dune plant species. She graduated from dental school at UofL and is involved in private practice.
Erin Burba- Erin was a high school student at Gatton Academy, a STEM-intensive boarding school based at Western Kentucky University. She conducted research on the role of mycorrhizae in biofuel crop production during Summer 2014. She is currently an undergraduate at Northeastern University studying computer science.
Alexandria Bryant- Alex graduated in May 2010, and did her senior thesis on insect communities associated with the invasive shrub, Loniceramaackii. She completed a master's degree in Entomology from Michigan State University, and now works for 4-H in Kentucky.
Alexis Carey-Alexis was an undergraduate student at Transylvania University (KY) and conducted research on the role of mycorrhizal fungi in biofuel crop production as an REU student during Summer 2014. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Baylor University.
Joseph Clagg- Joseph was a UofL undergraduate and conducted independent research on the interactions between insect diversity and vine invasions, and on the effects of drought and density on growth and reproduction of Microstegiumvimineum.
Peter Clenny- during Summer 2017, Peter conducted research on feeding preferences of plant-parasitic nematodes between native and non-native plants.
Monica Cooper- Monica was an REU student during summer 2013 from Kalamazoo College (MI), and conducted independent research on glomalin production by mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural fields. She graduated in 2014, and has had a variety of field technician positions throughout the world since then.
Shannon Dix- Shannon worked as a student lab assistant during 2014-15 and has interests in natural resources management. She is currently a deputy with the Linn Co. Sheriff's Office (OR).
Kristen Ehringer- Kristen graduated from UofL in 2018, and conducted independent research in my lab, focused on soil nematodes.
Catherine Fargen- Catherine earned her M.S. in 2013, researching effects of invasive honeysuckle, Loniceramaackii, on aquatic invertebrates in an urban stream. Her thesis work has been published in Natural Areas Journal. She now works for the USGS in Louisville.
Elana Feldman-Elana was an undergraduate at Middlebury College in Vermont and had REU fellowship in my lab in summer 2015, looking at fertilizer effects on mycorrhizae associated with switchgrass.
Jeff Fox- During Summer 2017, Jeff conducted research comparing Ammophila breviligulata growth from its native and invaded ranges, and how plant endophytes affect nematode feeding preferences. He graduated from UofL in Spring 2019 and now works for Yew Dell Gardens.
Kaitlyn Goode- In spring 2019, Kaitlyn conducted research on how mycorrhizal fungi respond to drought conditions in association with switchgrass, a perennial bioenergy crop. She will graduate with her B.A. in 2020 and hopes to go to dental school.
Dr. Brad Gottshall- Brad earned his Ph.D. in Summer 2015, researching responses of AMF community diversity and function to different sustainable agricultural management practices. He is currently a lab manager working with Dr. Kate Becklin at Syracuse University.
Daniella Gotschin- Daniella was an REU student during Summer 2014 from Norfolk State University (VA) and conducted research on nematodes associated with biofuel crops.
Heather Griffith- Heather conducted research in my lab from 2018-19, focusing on understanding how mycorrhizal relationships influenced plant growth. She graduated from UofL in May 2019 and is now a forester with CN Utility Consulting in Dayton, OH.
Matthew Harper- Matthew was a UofL student who worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the lab in 2016.
Lisa Heng- 2018. Lisa was a student at Manual High School and assisted with research on how arthropods respond to prairie restoration efforts in the Louisville area during Summer 2018 with support from a Louisville Science Pathways scholarship.
Andrea Howes- Andrea earned her M.S. in 2017. Her thesis focused on characterizing soil microbial communities associated with plant invasions on Great Lakes sand dunes.She now works as a software developer for MassLight in Washington DC.
Ayanna Jones-Ayanna worked in the lab as an undergraduate assistant for two years, and has conducted independent research on diversity of flying insects associated with Microstegium invasion. She graduated in 2015 and now works for HydromaxUSA in Louisville.
Erin Kinnetz- Erin earned her M.S. in 2017. Her thesis focused on characterizing plant-mycorrhizae relationships in different varieties of switchgrass used in biofuel cropping systems. She currently works as an Education Specialist for The Parklands in Louisville.
Aubrey Mojesky- Aubrey graduated from Centre College in 2014, and worked as a research technician in the lab for 6 months. She is now a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Susi Remold at UofL.
Lisa Lee- Lisa earned her M.S. in 2012 and conducted research on herbivory on Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegiumvimineum). She is a teacher at Floyd Central High School.
Keera Lowe- Keera graduated from UofL in May 2011, and did research on plant responses to nitrogen addition. She received her masters in education at UofL and is a science teacher in Louisville.
Katie Marx- Katie is a student at Centre College and served as a field volunteer in Summer 2019, assisting with plant and soil surveys in forests, prairies, and dunes.
Dr. Jeff Masters- Jeff earned his Ph.D. in 2014, and his dissertation work focused on the population biology and pollination of the invasive plant, Ranunculusficaria. He is currently a faculty member in the Biology Dept. at UofL.
Dr. Judy Metcalf- Judy finished her Ph.D. in 2013. Her research focused on understanding arthropod food web responses to Microstegiumvimineum (Japanese stilt-grass) invasion in local forests. She is a faculty member at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Allison Moehlman- Allie graduated from UofL in May 2010, and worked in the lab for two years. She is now a high school biology teacher.
Emily Moehlman- Emily graduated from UofL in May 2013 after working in the lab for four years. She is a dental hygienist in Louisville.
Lindsey Mueller- Lindsey worked in the lab for one semester, and conducted independent research on the diversity of nematodes associated with biofuel crop production. She graduated from UofL in May 2015 and works for a pharmaceutical company in Columbus, OH.
Phung Nguyen- Phung was an REU student during the summer 2013 from Carthage College (WI), and conducted independent research on the associations between mycorrhizal fungi and Microstegium growth.
Brandon Nguyen-Ho- Brandon was a UofL undergraduate student and conducted independent research on mycorrhizal associations in switchgrass in 2018.
Emily Pennington- Emily worked as a student lab assistant, and conducted independent research on mycorrhizal associations of different perennial biofuel crops. She graduated from UofL in May 2016.
Jessica Raley- Summer 2019. Jessica assisted with a project evaluating the soil ecology of japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) invasion in local forests. She graduated from UofL in 2019 and now works for the Kickapoo Environmental Office in Kansas.
Dr. Matthew Reid- Matthew earned his Ph.D. in 2018. His dissertation research focused on invasive species effects on soil biodiversity and succession on Great Lakes sand dunes. He is currently a post-doc with Dr. Lisa Tiemann at Michigan State University.
Caitlin Rhodes- Caitlin graduated with an M.S. in 2012 and has research interests on invasive species of sand dunes. She went on to get her nursing degree and works at University of Louisville Hospital.
Tommy Ross- Tommy graduated from UofL in May 2013 and conducted independent research on the ecology of invasive vines.
Cody Stevens- Cody graduated from UofL in May 2013 and has done research on seedbanks in forest habitat invaded by Microstegiumvimineum, as well as invasive vine associations with native trees. He is now a chemistry teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools.
Lyndon To- Summer 2019. Lyndon is a UofL undergraduate student and assisted with a project evaluating the soil ecology of japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) invasion in local forests.
Joy Uwimbabazi- Joy graduated from UofL in Fall 2010, and conducted a project examining fire effects on seed germination of invasive species. She earned her M.S. at UofL in public health and now lives in South Africa.
Courtney Vance- Courtney worked for one semester in my lab, extracting nematodes from soil samples. She graduated in 2017.