JasonDr. Jason Hoeksema, Associate Professor

Jason's research, and research in the Hoeksema Lab, addresses questions regarding the ecological and evolutionary consequences of species interactions (such as mutualism, parasitism and competition) on populations and communities, with a focus on interactions between plants and mycorrhizal fungi. A list of publications that represent Jason's work can be found here. Jason teaches courses in ecology, evolution, statistics (BISC 504), microbiology (BISC 210), mycology (BISC 502), and Ornithology (BISC 334). He also occasionally leads mushroom field trips for the public--check out this video from a foray at the nearby Strawberry Plains Audubon Center: link.


Research and Post-doctoral Associates

TiffanyTiffany Bensen, Ph.D.

Tiffany is interested in multi-trophic interactions involving plants and below- and above-ground organisms, especially within the context of sustainable agricultural systems.  Publications of Tiffany's work can be found here. Additionally, Tiffany teaches human biology (BISC 102) and ecology and the environment (BISC 104) for non-biology majors at Ole Miss.


Graduate Students

[Chase photo]Amber Horning (Master's)

Amber is investigating how mycorrhizal nutrient exchange prices (C:N, C:P) between loblolly pine and ectomycorrhizal fungi vary among different fungal species, light conditions, and over time.



KrisMariah Meachum (Master's)

Mariah is investigating variation in ectomycorrhizal interactions at multiple scales: the factors that drive variation in nutrient exchange rates (C:N, C:P) between Monterey pines and particular mycorrhizal fungi, as well as the environmental factors that drive variation in community composition of ectomycorrhizal and other fungi associated with roots of longleaf pine. Watch Mariah's award-winning 3-minute thesis (3MT) summary here: link.


BridgetBridget Piculell (PhD)

Bridget is using experiments with loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) to explore the structure and consequences of genetic correlations among complex plant traits, including mycorrhizal and disease resistance traits. Her undergraduate honors thesis from John Thompson's lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, was published in BMC Biology in 2008 (link). Watch Bridget's award-winning 3-minute thesis (3MT) summary here: link. For more information, see Bridget's CV.


AnnAnn Rasmussen (PhD)

Ann is a fellow in our USDA-funded graduate training program in forest restoration ecology (link). She is investigating influences of forest management practices on community composition and function of mycorrhizal fungi, including the interplay between ectomycorrhizal and arbuscular mycorrhizal interactions on oak seedlings.


Undergraduate Students

Michelle Ha (2013- ), Shelby Sherman (2015- )


Lab Alumni

Buki Alabi (undergraduate, 2008-2011)

Amber Arrington (undergraduate, 2008, McNair Summer Research Program)

Chase Bailey (MS, 2015, co-advised by Dr. Stephen Brewer)

Becky Brasher (undergraduate, 2010-2011, Honors thesis)

Anjel Craig (MS, 2010, USDA Forest Restoration graduate training program)

John Culbertson (undergraduate, 2014-2015, Honors thesis)

Shakaree Hale (undergraduate, 2011, McNair Summer Research Program)

Kristopher Hennig (MS, 2011)

Anna Herd (undergraudate, 2012-2013)

Nicole Hergott (MS, 2013)

Vanesha Jaiswal (undergraduate, 2011)

Justine Karst (post-doctoral scholar, 2007-2009, now a faculty member at the University of Alberta; publication list)

Eugene Lukienko (undergraduate, 2009-2011, Honors thesis)

Ana Michaelis (undergraduate, 2013-2014)

Justin Murphy (undergraduate, 2009-2010)

Terry Nguyen (undergraduate, 2010)

Darjai Paine (undergraduate, 2010, McNair Summer Research Program)

Ashley Parker (undergraduate, 2014-2015)

Megan Rua (NSF postdoctoral fellow, 2012-2015, now a faculty member at Wright State University; website)

Sarah Steele (undergraduate, 2013-2015, Honors thesis)

Chigozie Udemgba (undergraduate, 2008, Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates)

T.C. Unigwe (undergraduate, 2009-2010, NIH Summer Undergraduate Intern in 2009)

Barbara Van (undergraduate, 2014)

Lily Van (undergraduate, 2013)

Shannis Woods (undergraduate, 2011, Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates)

BridgetMichael G. Booth

Michael was a great friend and an inspiring and brilliant collaborator. Our collaborations included testing the influence of mycorrhizal networks on plant-plant interactions in forests (Booth & Hoeksema 2010), elucidating the importance for plants of functional diversity among ectomycorrhizal fungal species (NSF award # 1119865), and characterizing soil fungal communities using a meta-genomics approach. Michael taught at Principia College and was also a research scientist at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. In September, 2011, Michael left this world far too early, and we miss him greatly.