KSJonathan Bauer

I am an assistant professor in the Biology Department and the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at Miami University.

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Current Lab Members

VE4aOn3pSOuWdPenV9VS7g_thumb_f81  Alex Bowers

Alex is an undergraduate majoring in Botany and Environmental Earth Science. He joined the Bauer Lab in Fall 2019 and will be assisting with starting up new projects in the lab this semester.


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Veronica Briggs

Veronica is an undergraduate majoring in Botany and Environmental Science. She’s currently working on a project examining how soil fertility gradients impact the dynamics of plant-mycorrhizal symbioses. Veronica joined the lab in January 2019.


Grace Brock

Grace is a research assistant in the Bauer Lab. She joined in Fall 2020 after receiving a B.A. in Botany and Creative Writing. She’s currently working on extracting spores from target sites and analyzing their symbiotic relationship with a variety of plant species. Grace is interested in restoration efforts and in studying ways to increase food security and sustainability in the United States.


Karly Cazzato

 Karly is an M.S. Botany student currently researching plant-soil feedback. She joined the Bauer Lab in Fall 2020. Prior to coming to Miami University, Karly studied the impacts of a hemiparasite on legumes in restored prairies at Illinois State University. In addition, Karly has a B.S. in Statistics and enjoys using mathematical models to predict restoration outcomes. She hopes to work in restoration after finishing her Masters Degree.


Emily Galloway

Emily is currently working on her PhD in Biology. She’s interested in studying the role microbes play in prairie restoration. She intends to blend soil ecology and community assembly into a restoration focus to contribute to the knowledge gap of how the biological and physical composition below-ground affects the above-ground in prairies. Emily is motivated to apply this research to restoration practices that can then be applied to the public or practitioners. Emily joined the Bauer Lab in Fall 2020.

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Dan Sedlacek

Dan is a second-year IES Masters student with a focus on land resources and food systems. He joined the Bauer Lab in Fall 2019 and is currently working as a TA for Jonathan’s Food Systems class where he assists students as they analyze plant-mycorrhizal interactions to further lab research. Dan’s personal research consists of working with farmers and landowners to develop a method of communication between individuals and local government organizations.


Katie Stahlhut

Katie is a PhD Botany student. She joined the Bauer Lab in Fall 2020. Katie is currently working on a meta-analysis on intraspecific variation in mycorrhizal growth response, which she hopes to use as a foundation for future research into how genetic variation impacts AM symbiosis. She has also conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of mycorrhizal colonization in sunflower.

IMG_0163Lydia Witt

Lydia is an undergraduate Biology major. She joined the Bauer Lab in February 2020 and is interested in the impact that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbes have on life history traits. Lydia is also hoping to continue performing and analyzing spore extractions from target sites later on this semester.

Bauer Lab Alumni

20180301_103124Sidney Noble

Sidney is working at the Indiana Dunes, near the site of some of the first ecological research on plant succession, to understand the resilience and restoration potential of plant communities in a changing environment.

Sidney is a M.S. Botany student in the Biology Department.

20180906_175342.jpgTristan Barley

Tristan is studying pollination in restored prairies to determine if the fitness of rare plant species may be pollen or pollinator limited.

Tristan is a M.En. student in the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.