Jen Schweitzer, Ph. D
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Office: 569 Dabney-Buehler Hall
Research Focus: My research is broadly centered on the genetic interactions between species and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of these interactions for ecosystem processes. I focus on the interactions of dominant plant species, their associated herbivores, soil microbial communities and the linkages to soil carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen cycling. I study these plant-soil feedbacks in poplar, eucalypt, aspen, oak and tulip poplar forests as well as old field ecosystems. Together these studies have applied and theoretical implications for better understanding the effects of both plant species diversity and plant genetic diversity to a diverse array of ecosystem services.