GORP (genetics-occurrence-rhizosphere-phenotype)

GORP

We are very happy to partner with collaborators at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas to study the interdependence between the occurrence, phenotype, genotype, and rhizosphere (soil microbes) of a dominant tallgrass prairie plant, Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)! This is a project funded by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. On this end, we’ll be constructing highly-hierarchical Bayesian models to test functional hypotheses about biological levels of organization, from soil microbiome to genes to leaves.

We’ll be hiring a master’s level statistics student in the coming year. If you’re interested, please let me know!

Honorable Collaborators: “Sonny” Tuan Lee, Sara Baer, Maggie Wagner, and Ari Jumpponen

Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture