Microbes in Action!
Land Use Impacts
Research in our lab focuses on integrating microbial ecology into broader ecological theory and using it as a foundation for ecosystem management.
We are based in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Kansas as well as the Kansas Biological Survey.
New Microbial Cultures
Inter-institutional Structural Equation Modeling Course
Despite ongoing challenges to teaching in the COVID-19 era, we're working hard to make sure students get the skills they need to analyze data and move research forward. Supported by a grant from the Kansas EPSCoR program, Jacob and I are teaching a course on SEM, with students at KU, K-State, and Wichita State Universities. The course teaches students how SEM works (both in theory and in R), then helps them use it on their own data.
Publish (not Perish)
Lots of great projects finally coming out as publications these days. About 10 papers have come our representing hard work by Az, Jacob, Paige, Tanya, Tom, and many other current and former collaborators. Take a look at individual papers on the Production page.
Sikes lab grant successes!
Our team has been very successful over the past year at netting some key grant support for students and postdocs. Tom McKenna's work with the Land Institute was funded for by the Perennial Agriculture Project for another year. Theo, Jim, and I received funds from the EPSCoR Research and Education Innovation Award to support our monolith work at Anderson County Prairie. Theo also just received a Weaver grant from the Nature Conservancy. Tanya and Jacob secured funding from the Mycological Society of America to study how enzymes and fungal communities in prairies respond to fire across soil horizons. Way to go everyone!