The Evans Lab is working from home to flatten the curve!
December 2019 updates
Sarah, Jennifer and Corinn presented their work at the KBS LTER All Scientists Meeting. Lukas also attended and led a roundtable discussion.
Sarah, Holly and Lukas attended the GLBRC Environmental Sustainability Meeting. Sarah gave a talk about the switchgrass microbiome and Lukas presented a poster.
MMPRNT held it's annual Fall All Hands meeting. Plans were altered by a crazy snow storm, but we were still able to interact with our guest speakers Wendy Yang and Angela Kent.
Sarah gave promotional talks at MSU and KBS as part of her tenure process. Way to go Sarah!
Evans lab gets crafty! Corinn exhibited her microbe art at the MSU SciComm Science-Art Exhibit. KBS celebrated art and science at the Allurement Salon. Heather, Tayler and Corinn share their creations-check out the photo page for pics!
Sarah has new publication about non-rainfall moisture as a driver of microbial respiration out now in Ecosystems.
Evans lab said good bye to lab tech and molecular biology guru Remy Van Geersdaele as he moved to Corsica. Thanks for all you help Remy and enjoy island life!
August 2019 updates
Tayler presented at Rhizosphere 5, her first oral presentation at a conference!
KBS hosted the Eminent Ecology Series. The lab had a great time interacting with Diana Wall, Kelly Zamudio, Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer.
Sarah collaborated on the art piece "Fog of Dawn" as part of the Science Galley Detroit's Depth exhibit.
Undergrads Ethan, Hope and Andrew presented at the KBS poster symposium. Great work everyone!
Lab Alum Shannon Carvey accepted a Master's program position at the University of New Brunswick with Dr. Heather Major.
Robert, Jennifer and 2018 REU Esbeiry Cordova attended ESA. It was a decomposition filled week as Jennifer presented work on wood decomposition from her dissertation and Esbeiry shared her findings on fungal decay of litter from the Namib. Esbeiry also was a panelist at ESA's Diversity Luncheon.
June 2019 updates
Corinn Rutkoski transitioned from lab tech to PhD student and is starting summer sampling after winning a LTER fellowship.
Emily Burgess joins the lab as research tech! She is a recent graduate of Grinnell college.
Tayler Chicoine and Sarah Evans present at the Annual DOE Genomic Sciences Program meeting (which we now know the cool kids call "GenSci").
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.
May 2017: Farewell to Will West - Thank you for all your hard work and help in building the lab. We wish you well on next steps doing much-needed work on science ed and diversity!
Two new members are joining in early May: postdoc Lukas Bell-Dereske (from the Rudgers lab at University of New Mexico) and lab technician Daniela Herrera (recent grad of Loyola Univ in Chicago). Gearing up for REU and URA arrivals May 21.
January 2017: Lots of winter travel to warmer places - Heather heads to Rice University to learn synthetic biology techniques in the Silberg and Masiello labs (see pictures). And Robert is fog chasing and checking on his UV-shelters in the Namib until mid-February.
December 2016: We are moving the molecular side of labwork into the new Molecular Ecology and Genomics Laboratory at KBS (2nd floor stack). The Evans lab is committed to getting Fitbit steps in.
November 2016: Kathryn and Will head to Qatar to for the World Congress on Undergraduate Research to present their summer work on exudate chemistry and N cycling.
October 2016: MMPRNT all-project retreat, held at KBS's Spruce Lodge, was a great success. And congratulations to Tayler Chicoine for being featured on IBIO website for her fellowship!
September 2016: check out grad student Robert Logan's blog post about our fieldwork in Namibia this summer -
August 2016: Kelechi and Kathryn present their posters at the KBS undergraduate research symposium- Wednesday August 3rd, 3:30-5:30
June 2016: Sarah and Robert join collaborators Kathy and Peter Jacobson for fieldwork in the Namib Desert, Namibia. Photos coming soon, check out Robert's website for a few.
Will West presents an invited talk at the ASLO (Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography) conference about his work on methane emissions. May 2016: a belated welcome to the awesome undergrads working in the Evans Lab this summer: Kathryn Bloodworth, Kalechi Ukachukwu, Ellen James, and Ben Dougherty. All have jumped right in to the lab fray!
Also, we are excited to finally have Robert and Heather at KBS!
April 2016: Congrats to Tayler Chicoine for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study plant-microbe interactions, and to Robert Logan for being awarded a Lauff and Porter research scholarship for his summer field work in Namibia!
Our new DOE-funded project on nitrogen cycling and plant and microbial dynamics in marginal lands has a website. Check it out (and great job, Steve).
March 2016: Tayler Chicoine and Steve Gougherty join the lab! see People for the full gang
February 2016: Sarah gives a seminar at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in early February, and another later that month at Western Michigan University - and met a lot of really great people.