Eric Seabloom - Principal Investigator

My research interest span a wide range of basic and applied topics in ecology including community ecology, disease ecology, restoration ecology, species invasions, and top-down and bottom-control of communities
Current CV

Missy Rudeen - Lab Manager

I have a broad interest in biology and enjoy the variety of field work and laboratory work that are necessary in research science.  I have a strong interest in studying trophic interactions, especially those involving insect communities, and I am also eager to work on research that aims to better understand host/vector/disease dynamics in grassland habitats.

Christelle Lacroix -
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am interested in the ecological and evolutionary forces that drive host-parasite interactions. In the context of environmental changes mediated by humans’ activities, my current project aims at determining how the loss of plant diversity, and increased atmospheric CO2 and terrestrial nitrogen levels influence the prevalence of several viral species in different host plant species. These questions will be assessed using data associated with leaf samples collected from grasses as part of manipulative plant experiments conducted at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve (Minnesota, USA).

Eric Lind - Postdoctoral Researcher
Nutrient Network (NutNet) Research Coordinator

In my research I combine phylogenetic analytical techniques and field experiments to explore the influence of evolution and anthropogenic change on contemporary ecological communities. I have specific interests in moth caterpillars, insect stoichiometry, and management and analysis of large ecological datasets.
Eric's Website

Aaron David - Ph.D. Student


I am broadly interested in community assembly of microbial symbionts. My work focuses on understanding the patterns and causes of assembly of fungal endophytes -- fungi living asymptomatically within plant tissues -- in coastal dune grasses in Oregon, Washington, and Michigan.

Aaron's Website

Amy Kendig - Ph.D. Student

I am interested in the factors that drive community interactions and coexistence. I am focusing on the influence of pathogens and herbivores on plant community dynamics, specifically invasion. I am currently using spatial relationships to understand patterns of pathogen prevalence (barley/cereal yellow dwarf virus) and the influence of soil nutrients and plant community composition on the distribution of these pathogens in California grassland communities.

Lab Alumni

Wendy Phillips (Ph.D. 2012)

Lydia O'Halloran (Postdoc 2008-2010)

Angela Brandt (Ph.D. 2010)

Phoebe Zarnetske (Ph.D. 2010)

Cara Benfield (M.S. 2009)

Eric W. Seabloom

Associate Professor
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota
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