Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
University of Arizona

Former positions:
CIRES Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow. Advisor: Dr. Noah Fierer
Postdoctoral Researcher. Advisor: Dr. Alyson Santoro
Ph. D. Advisor: Dr. Stephen Giovannoni
M. Sc. Advisor: Dr. Charles Wimpee
Undergraduate research. Advisor: Dr. Mary Lynne Collins





Amanda Howe
Environmental Science PhD student








Jasper Bloodsworth
Microbiology undergraduate









Brenna Bourque
Environmental Science undergraduate









Joy Custer
Environmental Science undergraduate









Bridget Taylor
Environmental Science undergraduate





Former Advisees/Lab Members

Skyler Anderson
Environmental Science graduate from the University of Arizona.

Catherine Waters
Biochemistry Major at the University of Arizona

Ryan Yamauchi
Microbiology Major at the University of Arizona.

Tesla Newton and Sarah Danekind
Tesla and Sarah were seniors at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado. Their research for a science research seminar course in 2016/17 focuses on how different soil microbes respond to laboratory stresses.

Caihong Vanderburgh
Caihong co-headed high throughput cultivation efforts of soil microbes.

Alix Knight
Alix worked on cultivating methylotrophs from different soil horizons.

Noah Last
Noah’s research as an REU student in the summer of 2016 was centered around cultivating microbes from local dust samples and quantifying and identifying spore forming taxa present.

Robin Hacker-Cary
Robin co-headed high throughput cultivation efforts of soil microbes.

Patrick Marsden
Funded by NSF, Pat helped experimentally optimize methodology to discriminate live cells from dead in soil (2015-2016).

Emily O. Campbell
Emily contributed  to the understanding of vitamin and phosphate metabolism in SAR11 marine bacteria (2010-2013).  Funding for the experiments she conducted on SAR11’s phosphate metabolism came from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research award. 

Sarah Brown
Sarah was funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research award in 2012 to research the polyphasic taxonomy of SAR11 marine bacteria. 

Mikel Clement
Mikel was funded by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research award in 2008 to cultivate marine bacteria from northeast Pacific Ocean Waters using high-throughput cultivation techniques.