Thesis: Interactions between plants and their biotic environments in the soil microbial community
I am an evolutionary biology PhD student interested in the interactions between plants and their biotic environments, especially soil microbial community. Using a combination of natural variation surveying and controlled artificial selection approach, I hope to understand how plants and their rhizospheric microbiome maintain a dynamic homeostasis, and respond to environmental stress (e.g. herbivory) and internal changes (e.g. host plant polyploidy) as a community.
My undergraduate research experiences focused on plant population genetics, phylogenetics and palynology, which I continue to study and apply in my current project.