Wetland microbial ecology & biogeochemistry

Several on-going research projects in the lab consider the structure and function of microbial communities found in the soil of wetland ecosystems. Most of the research takes place at a tidal freshwater wetland associated with the nearby James and Pamunkey rivers. Long-term experimental manipulations are being conducted to study questions such as:

Research has been funded by the VCU Rice Center Student Research Grants, the Society of Wetland Scientists, and the National Science Foundation.

Recent collaborators include Drs. Bonnie Brown, Scott Neubauer, and Ed Crawford.  Student research in this area includes recent theses by Ember Morrissey, Jaimie Gillespie, and Aaron Porter.