JasonDr. Jason Hoeksema, Associate 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.


Research and Post-doctoral Associates

AmiDr. Ami Lokhandwala

Ami's graduate work explored enzyme production in tomato and the influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on pathogen resistance. Her current work is pursuing a greater understanding of the presence and role of AMF on trees dominated by ectomycorrhizal fungi, such as Pinus and Quercus, and also the role of soil microbes in invasions by Pinus elliottii into savannah habitats.


Graduate Students

[Amber photo]Amber Horning (Master's)

Amber is investigating how mycorrhizal nutrient exchange prices (C:N, C:P) between loblolly pine and ectomycorrhizal fungi vary among different fungal species, light conditions, and over time. Her results will help us understand the causes and consequences of succession in ectomycorrhizal fungal communities, as well as the mechanisms by which mycorrhizal networks influence plant-plant interactions.


[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

Richard Easterling (2017- , Honors thesis), Meghan Van (2018- ), Madison Woodruff (2018- )


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)

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), Amber Arrington (2008, McNair Summer Research Program), Michael Bennett (2017), Becky Brasher (2010-2011, Honors thesis), John Culbertson (2014-2015, 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), 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.