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Keith Clay


In my lab, most research focuses on inter-specific interactions, particularly symbiotic interactions. We are interested in how specific symbiotic interactions affect larger-scale ecological and evolutionary processes. The three main research projects in the lab include the ecology and evolution of bioprotective fungal symbionts of plants, the role of soil-borne plant pathogens in forest dynamics, and the biological role of hereditary bacterial symbiosis in arthropod ectoparasites, which are major vectors of human disease. Research approaches range from field ecology, greenhouse experiments and lab-based microbiology and molecular biology, and study organisms include small mammals, arthropods, plants, fungi and bacteria.

Revised: January 29, 2013

Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University

Dr. Jack L. Schmit
Assistant Dean, University Graduate School
Coordinator, IU-MSI STEM Initiative