Grace is interested in understanding what factors shape microbiomes to better predict how environmental changes will affect microbial functions. In the Freedman lab, she will be using pitcher plants as a model system to study microbial community assembly and biogeography. Before joining the lab, she earned her PhD at Louisiana State University and was an NSF EAPSI fellow at the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Grace’s interest in microbial ecology developed as an undergraduate while working on a wetland restoration project with poor soils. She enjoys tropical climates, music, good food, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Nasim is studying the environmental transformation of nanomaterials and its subsequent impact on interactions at nano-bio interfaces. She is a part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, whose mission is the sustainable use and development of nanomaterials.
Ted completed his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Resources and Environment at Southwest University in 2012. He earned his master’s degree in Soil Science at Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2015. He attended University of Delawar from 2015-2020 where he earned his PhD in Soi Science with research focusing on the source tracking of nutrients in different scale of watersheds by using multiple stable isotopes. He currently works as a Research Associate at Discover Farms Project under supervision of Drs. Matthew Ruark and Anita Thompson.
Dimitrios is a Research Associate in the Soldat Lab. His postdoctoral research focuses on adapting a dynamic ecosystem model, Agro-IBIS, for golf course turfgrass which will assist with the prediction of golf course turfgrass growth, water use, and nutrient requirements spatially and temporally.