"c'est les microbes qui auront le dernier mot"  - Louis Pasteur

Fungi interact in cryptic ways with both micro- and macro-organisms, tying microbes to ecosystems by influencing forest community dynamics at multiple levels of organization.  

Ectomycorrhizal fungi, which form symbiotic relationships with the dominant plant families in boreal and temperate forest systems, provide an ideal opportunity to investigate the molecular processes that regulate microbial interactions in environmental systems.  

I’m interested in both ecological theory and the mechanisms mediating fungal symbiosis and host specificity, microbe-microbe interfaceing, signaling, and the production and utilization of secondary metabolites.