JasonDr. Jason Hoeksema, Professor

Jason's research, and research in the Hoeksema Lab, addresses questions regarding the ecological and evolutionary consequences of species interactions (such as mutualism, parasitism and competition) on populations and communities, with a focus on interactions between plants and mycorrhizal fungi. A list of publications that represent Jason's work can be found here. Jason teaches courses in ecology, evolution, statistics (BISC 504), microbiology (BISC 210), mycology (BISC 502), and Ornithology (BISC 334). He also occasionally leads mushroom field trips for the public--check out this video from a foray at the nearby Strawberry Plains Audubon Center: link.


Graduate Students

[Ian photo]Ian Mounts (PhD)

Ian’s research investigates the role mutualistic symbionts have in maintaining the functionality of ecological networks, and the ecophysiology of network members, under extreme and changing conditions.  He investigates these topics through the experimental manipulation of common mycorrhizal networks (CMNs) in greenhouse and field conditions, assays of allelopathic compounds and their relevant gene pathways, and through the use of meta-analyses.



[Brooke photo]Brooke Allen (PhD)

Brooke is studying root exudates, soil chemistry, and neighbor identity recognition in the context of coupled plant-fungal invasions.




Undergraduate Students

Clark Betts (2020- ), Jensine Coggin (2020-, Honors thesis), Tristan Daily (2020- ), Hays Dubberly (2020-, Honors thesis), Scout Hodges (2019-, Honors thesis), Preston Perkins (2020-, Honors thesis), Valerie Rewa (2020- ), Michael Thomas (2020-, Honors thesis)


Lab Alumni (graduate students and post-docs)

Chase Bailey (MS, 2015, co-advised by Dr. Stephen Brewer)

Anjel Craig (MS, 2010, USDA Forest Restoration graduate training program)

Kristopher Hennig (MS, 2011)

Nicole Hergott (MS, 2013)

Justine Karst (post-doctoral scholar, 2007-2009, now a faculty member at the University of Alberta; website)

Ami Lokhandwala (post-doctoral scholar, 2016-2018, now works at Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc.)

Mariah Meachum (MS, 2016. Watch Mariah's award-winning 3-minute thesis (3MT) summary: link)

Bridget Piculell (PhD, 2016. Watch Bridget's award-winning 3-minute thesis (3MT) summary: link)

Ann Rasmussen (PhD, 2016, USDA Forest Restoration graduate training program)

Megan Rua (NSF postdoctoral fellow, 2012-2015, now a faculty member at Wright State University; website)


Lab Alumni (undergraduates)

Buki Alabi (2008-2011), Karli Anders (2016), Rachel Anderson (2020), Amber Arrington (2008, McNair Summer Research Program), Michael Bennett (2017), Becky Brasher (2010-2011, Honors thesis), Emma Counce (2020), John Culbertson (2014-2015, Honors thesis), Richard Easterling (2017-2019, Honors thesis), Amber Forsman (2017-2018), Michelle Ha (2013-2015, NSF REU), Shakaree Hale (2011, McNair Summer Research Program), Anna Herd (2012-2013), Kyler Holmes (2015, McNair Summer Research Program), Vanesha Jaiswal (2011), Branden Jones (2017-2018), Eugene Lukienko (2009-2011, Honors thesis), Ana Michaelis (2013-2014, NSF REU), Thomas Moorman (2016), Mary Hastings Moss (2018), Justin Murphy (2009-2010), Terry Nguyen (2010), Darjai Paine (2010, McNair Summer Research Program), Ashley Parker (2014-2015), Pearl Reed (2017-2018), Alexis Richardson (2018), Kendall Rodgers (2018), Shelby Sherman (2015-2016), Sarah Steele (2013-2015, Honors thesis), Chigozie Udemgba (2008, Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates), T.C. Unigwe (2009-2010, NIH Summer Undergraduate Intern in 2009), Barbara Van (2014), Lily Van (2013), Meghan Van (2018-2020, Honors thesis), Madison Woodruff (2018-2020, Honors thesis), Shannis Woods (2011, Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates)


BridgetMichael G. Booth

Michael was a great friend and an inspiring and brilliant collaborator. Our collaborations included testing the influence of mycorrhizal networks on plant-plant interactions in forests (Booth & Hoeksema 2010), elucidating the importance for plants of functional diversity among ectomycorrhizal fungal species (NSF award # 1119865), and characterizing soil fungal communities using a meta-genomics approach. Michael taught at Principia College and was also a research scientist at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In September, 2011, Michael left this world far too early, and we miss him greatly.