The Evans Lab studies how microscopic organisms - bacteria, fungi, and archaea - function and respond to their environment. We are interested in how microbes respond to disturbances and stress, and what factors alter the diversity of microbial communities, as well as the ecosystem functions that microbes carry out, like cycling nutrients and facilitating plant growth. We assess these processes using a combination of ecosystem and theoretical modeling, field manipulations, and biogeochemical and molecular methods in the laboratory. Since microbes are essentially everywhere, knowledge of how these tiny organisms operate can help us better predict ecosystem responses to global change, optimize ecosystem services, and understand the importance of microbes for the many larger organisms they are associated with.
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August 2019 updates
June 2019 updates
March 2019 updates
August 2018 updates
Mar 2018: Lots of updates!
Jan 2018: Happy new year! This month, we had to say goodbye to Kevin, a charter member of the Evans Lab and just a great person to have around. Thank you, and you will be missed. With Kevin's departure we have been brushing up on lab organization and everyone has been great at contributing to this.
Congrats and good luck to Steve as he interviews for grad schools this season, and congratulations to both Steve and Heather on paper submissions
Belated congrats to Robert Logan, PhD Candidate, for passing his comps in December (and presenting at AGU immediately after).
Nov 2017: Sarah heads to University of Michigan for a seminar in their EEB department.
Oct 2017: Welcome to Corinn Rutkoski who started this month as a new lab technician on the MMPRNT project (after surviving her first day of taking soil cores in the rain). Shannon Carvey and YJ Su have also been making amazing progress on MMPRNT samples this fall. Thanks
Sarah gives a talk at the local (Chief Noonday) chapter of the North Country Trail Association
Sept 2017: Sarah and Robert tag-team for a talk on their Namib Desert work at the African Studies Center seminar series. Great questions from a diversity audience and good to see old friends and previous lab members!
June 2017: Summer projects and fieldwork kickoff! Check out new People. Sarah heads to Soil Ecology Society meeting/Soil Health Summit.
We are working with Bethany Bohlen (KBS) this summer to create a video about the MMPRNT switchgrass-N project. Stay tuned for a box office hit!
Julia Ferguson graciously designed a beautiful lab logo for us! We will soon cover the website (and ALL things) with it.