John Baggerly joins the lab

We are delighted that John Baggerly has joined the lab. He will be working on his Master’s degree in Environmental and Conservation Science examining the functional roles of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for co-occurring plant species in two contrasting grassland sites. Welcome to life belowground!

Laura presents coffee AM research at ICOM 2017

Laura traveled to Prague, Czech Republic July 28th-August 4th to give a talk at the Ninth International Conference on Mycorrhiza.

The coffee agroecosystem highlights possible non-host drivers of diversity in AMF communities
Laura Aldrich-Wolfe, Katie Black, W. Gaya Shivega, Eliza L.D. Hartmann, Peter G. Johnson, Riley D. McGlynn, Logan C. Schmaltz and Rebecca J. Asheim
Great to meet up with three great scientists – Lyn Abbott, Lauren Waller and Ylva Lekberg – along the way.

Libby and Laura present at ATBC 2017

Libby and Laura had a great time at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, July 9-14, 2017.

Libby presented her talk Effect of coffee management regime on guilds of belowground fungi, and Laura presented hers on Hints at the structure of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community from a
coffee agroecosytem

Recruiting graduate students

The Aldrich-Wolfe lab is currently recruiting a Master’s or Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences or the Environmental and Conservation Sciences Program to work on community ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on native and invasive hosts in grasslands of the northern Great Plains from western Minnesota to eastern Montana. Field work would begin in June 2017. We are looking for someone with excellent quantitative and writing skills who would enjoy working as a member of a team both in the field and the lab. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae with GRE scores, unofficial college transcripts, and the names and contact info for three references as a single pdf file to Dr. Laura Aldrich-Wolfe ( Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016.

Libby Sternhagen joins the lab

Libby Sternhagen has signed up to be my first graduate student.  For her master’s degree in the Environmental and Conservation Sciences Program, she will be exploring factors influencing fungal community assembly in the rhizosphere of coffee and native forest tree species in Costa Rica.  Welcome to life belowground, Libby!


Ecological Society of America Meeting — Fort Lauderdale

Laura had a great time presenting our work on fungal communities of the coffee rhizosphere at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Fort Lauderdale, August 8th, 2016.

Fungi in the Anthropocene: Does organic coffee boost belowground biodiversity?
Laura Aldrich-Wolfe, Katie L. Black, W. Gaya Shivega, Riley D. McGlynn, Logan C. Schmaltz, Eliza D. L. Hartmann, Peter G. Johnson, Rebecca J. Asheim, Concordia College

I also attended the Soil Ecology Society Luncheon. Looking forward to recruiting more great researchers to the society.