Our research focuses on the evolution and ecology of plant and fungal communities, and the interactions between them. The species diversity of plants and animals is readily apparent to anyone visiting a forest or grassland. However, most of the biodiversity in a system is “invisible” – present as genetic variation within species, and in the massively diverse microbial communities in soils or within larger organisms. A major goal of our group is to understand the causes and consequences of the hidden diversity within ecosystems. In particular, we interested in the feedbacks between different levels of biodiversity (genetic and species) or different groups of organisms (plants and microbes). Please check out the “Research” page for more details on the major projects ongoing in the lab, the “People” page to see who is working on what, and the “Publications” page to see the final products of the research to date.