Robert N. Schaeffer
Assistant Professor - 2019 - Present
Education: Ph.D. - Dartmouth College
B.S. - University of Pittsburgh
Plant microbiome, plant-microbe-insect interactions, agroecology, chemical ecology
Postdoctoral Scholar - Starting August 2020
Education: Ph.D. - University of Louisville
B.S. - Dickinson College
Research interests: Plant-microbe-insect interactions, evolutionary biology, chemical ecology
Grace is interested in how plant defense facilitates ecological interactions. As a graduate student, she studied
how plant-mediated eavesdropping on herbivore-induced plant volatiles impact growth-defense tradeoffs in
undamaged neighboring plants. In the Schaeffer lab, she is studying how herbivory impacts floral microbe
community assembly and consequent pollination services. Personal website in progress!
Ph.D. Student - 2019 - Present
Education: B.S. - Webster University
Research interests: Plant-microbe-insect interactions, chemical ecology, mutualism
Valerie is interested in exploitative behaviors displayed by mutualists, and the role of microbial chemosensory
cues in facilitating them.
Ph.D. Student - 2017 - Present
Education: B.S. - Cornell University
Research interests: Plant community ecology and evolutionary biology
Elizabeth studies how plant communities’ phylogenetic and functional diversity varies across environmental
gradients, like topography, soil characteristics, and intra-seasonal temperature variation, human-uses like
grazing, and spatial scale. She is also committed to broadening participation in STEM research and higher
education. Elizabeth's primary mentor is Will Pearse at Imperial College London.
Post-Baccalaureate Lab Assistant - 2020 - Present
Education: B.S. - Utah State University
Research interests: Lactic acid bacteria, genetics, and now, ecology!