Peter Kennedy - Peter has been the PI for the lab since arriving at Lewis & Clark in 2007. Peter is broadly interested in plant-microbe interactions, particularly those involving fungal symbioses. Click here for his CV.
Jen Walker - Jen joined the lab as a post-doc in April 2012. She is studying the ecology of tri-partite interactions among ectomycorrhizal fungi, Frankia bacteria, and Alnus plants. She received her Ph.D. in the lab of Melanie Jones at UBC Okanagan.
Since 2007, 16 LC students have worked in the lab on a wide variety of projects. The students are listed below in alphabetical order with year of graduation in parentheses.
Lenida Bilanovic (2010) – Lenida worked as a practicum student in fall 2009. She primarily focused on culturing ectomycorrhizal fungi from environmental samples (root tips and mushrooms) as well as maintaining an ectomycorrhizal competition spore density experiment.
Laura Bogar (2012) – Laura is conducting a senior thesis in the lab in 2011-2012. She is investigating the ectomycorrhizal fungal communities associated with Betula occidentalis and Alnus rhombifolia to better understand patterns of specificity in the ectomycorrhizal communities associated with Alnus trees.
Ryan Bubriski (2012) – Ryan is conducting a senior thesis in the lab in 2011-2012. He is studying the effect of varying light levels of competitive interactions between Truncocolumella citrina and Rhizopogon vinicolor on Pseudotsuga menziesii seedlings.
Hannah Cohen (2015) – Hannah is working on a practicum in spring 2012 with Logan Higgins. She will be optimizing the ectomycorrhizal enzyme assays we will be using to examine the functioning of ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Alnus and other host species.
Samantha Colby (2008) – Samantha volunteered as lab assistant in the fall of 2007 and Peter was Sam’s advisor on her Environmental Studies senior thesis entitled “Soil nutrient influence mite communities in Pacific Northwest Forests”. She presented her thesis work at the national annual meeting of arachnology in Berkeley, CA in 2008. She is currently a graduate student at Oregon State University.
Catherine Eichhorn (2012) – Catherine conducted a practicum in fall 2011 looking at the relationship between Frankia bacteria genotype and phenotype. She and Logan Higgins processed a number of nodule samples that were spore + and spore – and characterized a portion of the nifH region of each sample.
Logan Higgins (2011) – Logan worked as a Rogers research fellow in summers 2009 and 2010, a practicum student in fall 2009, and conducted a senior thesis in 2010-2011. She has worked on a diverse range of projects, including ectomycorrhizal fungal competition (two different projects), ectomycorrhizal fungal biogeography and Frankia bacterial diversity. Her senior thesis investigated the composition and diversity of Frankia bacterial assemblages on Alnus acuminata and A. jorullensis in montane Mexico. She is currently a technician in the lab in 2011-2012.
Julia Huggins (2013) – Julia joined the lab as a practicum student in fall 2011. She worked on isolating and maintaining pure cultures of a range of ectomycorrhizal fungi. She will be doing a senior thesis in the lab during 2012-2013.
Turin Hill (2009) – Turin conducted her senior thesis in the lab in 2008-2009. She worked on characterizing the ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with A. rubra at four sites in western Oregon. Her thesis work was published in the current Fungal Ecology in 2010. She is currently a graduate student at the University off New Mexico.
Ashley Lundgren (2009) – Ashley did a research practicum in the lab for three semesters in 2008-2009. She worked on a variety of lab projects, including studies of Frankia bacteria and ectomycorrhizal fungi. She is currently in medical school at the University of Alaska.
Adam Lipus (2010) – Adam worked as Rogers research fellow in summer 2009, a practicum student in fall 2009, and conducted an independent study in the lab in spring 2010. Adam was the lead student on a Frankia host comparison study and conducted both a field survey and a growth chamber experiment to characterize the Frankia assemblages associated with Alnus rubra and A. viridis. His work was published in 2011 in the International Journal of Plant Sciences.
Rachel Rogers (2011) – Rachel worked as a Rogers research fellow in summer 2008 and 2009. She and Jesse Schouboe were the lead student investigators of the project examining Frankia diversity in canopy and ground roots in summer 2008. She and Logan Higgins worked together to establish the ectomycorrhizal competition spore density experiment in summer 2009. She is co-author on publications in Microbial Ecology and PLoSONE.
Jesse Schouboe (2010) – Jesse worked as a Beckman Research Fellow in 2008 and 2009. He and Rachel Rogers were the lead student investigators of the project examining Frankia diversity in canopy and ground roots in summer 2008. In summer 2009, Jesse worked with Adam Lipus examining the diversity of Frankia on Alnus rubra and A. viridis at various field sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is a co-author on the lab’s 2010 publication in Microbial Ecology.
Dylan Smith (2011) – Dylan worked as a practicum student in fall 2010 and conducted an independent study in my lab in spring 2011. He worked on describing the diversity and host specificity of ectomycorrhizal fungal assemblages associated with Arbutus menziesii. Dylan is currently a technician in the lab of Dr. Kabir Peay at the University of Minnesota.
Marjorie Weber (2007) – MG worked as the first technician in the lab in 2008-2009. She helped bring a number of lab research projects to life at LC, including many of the first projects on Frankia bacteria ecology as well as new competition experiments on ectomycorrhizal fungal ecology. She is a co-author on three lab publications in Plant and Soil, Microbial Ecology, and PLoSONE. MG is currently a graduate student at Cornell University.
Jehan Yahya (2010) – Jehan did a research practicum in Spring 2008 and was a laboratory research assistant in summer 2008. Jehan primarily worked on culturing Frankia and setting up and maintaining a variety of ectomycorrhizal fungal experiments.