Microbial Ecology across Montana: Native Bees, Soils, and Floodplains

Wed, Apr 9, 12:00 pm
126 EPS (Engineering and Physical Sciences) MSU
Speaker Name: 
Ryan Jones
Montana State University - Bozeman

Ryan Jones is a mix between an evolutionary geneticist, microbial ecologist, and ecosystem ecologist. His main interests lie in determining what factors govern microbial community assemblages and how shifts in microbial community composition alter function of the community. The two main foci of his research are: 1) Microbial communities of insects (especially disease vectors), and 2) Microbial communities of soil and freshwater sediment. He uses high-throughput DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analyses to characterize and compare microbial communities. Before coming to Montana State University, he received his PhD from the University of Colorado in 2009, was an American Society for Microbiology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009 - 2011), and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Sydney (2011 - 2013).

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