Zoe with a corpse flower

I am a 5th year PhD student working with Dr. Jennifer Thaler at Cornell University. My research focuses on tritrophic interactions between plants, herbivorous insects, and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Specifically, I work on the conditionality of this plant-fungus mutualism, and the biotic and abiotic factors that shape the plant’s susceptibility and resistance strategies to herbivory.

As symbiotic fungi, mycorrhizae associate with the vast majority of land plants. By providing nutrients and water to the plant in exchange for carbon, they can alter a plant’s growth and survival, as well as its ability to defend itself from herbivores. Mycorrhizae and other mutualistic microbes will be invaluable in tackling the food security challenges that arise in a world with changing climate and growing populations.

Curriculum Vitae

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