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I am anĀ assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University. Our lab’s research is focused on the ecology and evolution of plant-microbial interactions, particularly within the context of environmental change (e.g. disturbance, invasions, climate). By integrating genomics with manipulative field and greenhouse experiments, we are currently 1) evaluating the role of plant-soil feedbacks in improving, maintaining, or limiting plant community diversity in disturbed ecosystems; 2) testing the efficacy of soil microbial transplants to facilitate the establishment of native prairie plants in invaded grasslands; and 3) investigating specificity in plant-mycorrhizal fungal relationships.

We are actively building our Soil Microbial Ecology lab on the Tri-Cities campus and are looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join our team. If you’re interested in pursuing research in soil microbial ecology, plant-mycorrhizal interactions, microbiomes, or restoration ecology, please email tanya.cheeke@wsu.edu

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Tanya Cheeke, Assistant Professor, Soil Microbial Ecology
School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354
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