Welcome! We use field, lab, and bioinformatic methods to study microbial communities and their role in the environment and human health. We focus on cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms, which threaten freshwater ecosystems and drinking water supplies globally. By integrating multiple omics approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics) with experiments in the lab and the field, we seek to understand how environmental conditions and biological interactions shape the dynamics and toxicity of cyanobacterial blooms. We use the Great Lakes as a natural laboratory with the aim of informing environmental predictions and policy and protecting human health.

Join the lab!

We are recruiting two PhD students for start in Fall ’24 (or earlier) in the following areas:

1. Cyanobacterial blooms, their strain diversity, and their interactions with heterotrophic bacteria

2. A genomic observatory that will be part of a new biodiversity observation network in the Great Lakes.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness

As a group, we strive to cultivate a diverse, inclusive, supportive, collaborative, and healthy work environment. We welcome people of all backgrounds and experiences. We strive to: (1) provide a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment; (2) promote and embrace the diversity in our lab group; (3) promote mental and physical wellness and support each other through the ups and downs we all experience; and (4) broaden representation in STEM by correcting historical imbalances in opportunity.

We respectfully acknowledge that the University of Michigan and surrounding communities occupy Indigenous land of the Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox), Peoria, Anishinabewaki, and Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi) peoples. We also acknowledge that lands from the Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi) allowed for the creation of the University of Michigan. Whose land are you on?

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