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nneLab
seeing the forest for the trees
Who we are
Supreme Leader
AmyZanne
6690 Science and Engineering Hall
aezanne "at" gmail.com
(202) 994-8751
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Postdoc


MarissaLee
6420 Science and Engineering Hall
marissalee@email.gwu.edu
(919) 357-3385

My research aim is to better understand links between species composition and ecosystem functioning. While species contribute to ecosystem processes that are critical to ecosystem and human health, e.g. carbon storage and nutrient retention, it is often a challenge to figure out who matters. My dissertation work focused on plant communities, but I am currently turning to the plant afterlife, working on the microbiome of decaying trees.
Graduate Students


AmyMilo
6420 Science and Engineering Hall
ammilo@gwu.edu

My research focuses on how fungal communities shape fungal ecosystem function through wood decomposition rates. At the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, I have a field project that seeks to link the phenology of fungal activities to their environmental drivers to determine whether fungal ecosystem function may respond to climate change in similar ways to fungal fruiting. I am also involved in a large scale forest harvesting experiment in northern Minnesota to determine how tree removal impact fungal communities and wood decay rates.


TaniaFort
UMR Biogeco - Biodiversity, Genes, & Communities
Universite de Bordeaux
Allee Geoffroy St-Hilaire
Bat. B2
33615 Pessac, France
tania.fort@laposte.net

I enjoy discovering how microorganisms interact with plants and between each other. I am interested into how microorganisms' communities are shaped by abiotic and biotic factors. I am also curious about which microorganisms enhance the plant metabolism and how those interactions impact the ecosystem. For my PhD, I am studying the influence of microclimate on leaf microbiota and feedback effects on leaf physiology and phenology.

Undergraduate Students


HenryBetts
hhbetts@gwu.edu
I am interested in how fungal community composition and interactions affect rates of wood decomposition. This past summer, I paired fungal species commonly found fruiting together to determine the magnitude of influence that the fungal species' colonization order of wood substrates had on the rate of decomposition of the substrates.

We are looking for undergraduate students who are  interested in joining the lab. See the join page for more information.
Lab Alumni


OyomoareOsazuwa-Peters PhD
BradOberle
RoyRich
LukeMcCormack
MikeBoyher
JustinCollins
BryanCordes
MarandaEvans
AndrewHarrington M.S.
HarisLalic
AndrewMiller M.S.
RachelMilner
PayalPatel
MariyaShcheglovitova
LauraBader
Juan-CarlosPenagos
ChrisRiggs
GonzaloRivas M.S.
ShannonShanafelt
SheilaStrickland
JohnSweeney
MandyTerry M.S.
VaniaTorrez M.S.
ElvisValderrama M.S.
NicoleButler
NeekiAhmadi


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