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Evans, Sarah

Sarah Evans

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology with appointment in Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
BA, 2005, Grinnell College
Ph.D., 2012, Colorado State University
Post-doctoral fellow, 2012-2014, University of California Irvine

Kellogg Biological Station
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Office: Academic Building 341
 Office Phone: (269) 671-2340
 Lab: Academic Building 329
 Lab Phone: (269) 671-2329

I am interested in how microbial communities respond to their environment, and how this response affects ecosystems. I am particularly interested in responses to predicted changes in rainfall patterns (e.g. more drought and flood), and how microorganisms will influence nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas production, and agricultural sustainability under these new climate regimes. My lab uses a combination of DNA-based methods, culturing, biogeochemical analyses, modeling and field manipulations. We also ask fundamental questions about how microorganisms assemble into communities, respond and influence host organisms (e.g. rhizosphere or gut microbiome), and adapt to a new environment. 

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