- Postdoctoral research associate, University of Minnesota, 2005-2007
- Ph.D., Population Biology, University of California, Davis, 2005
American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator’s Award, 2008
Our work combines community ecology with evolutionary ecology—often capitalizing on long-term experiments—to study how human-caused global changes influence the ecology and evolution of plants and the insects and microbes with which they interact. Recent projects focus on: 1) the potential for rapid evolution and interactions with microorganisms to mitigate (or sometimes exacerbate) the effects of global change on plants, 2) the repeatability of evolutionary change in plant-microbe mutualisms, 3) the influence of genetic variation on prairie restorations, and 4) the effects of global warming on biological invasions.
J. E. Schmidt*, D. J. Weese, and J. A. Lau. 2017. Does long-term agricultural management alter rhizobia evolution? Ecological Applications 27:2487-2496.
K. R. Keller and J. A. Lau. 2018. When mutualisms matter: rhizobia effects on plant communities depend on host plant genotype and soil nitrogen availability. Journal of Ecology 106:1046-1056. 10.1111/1365-2745.12938
K. R. Keller, S. Carabajal*, F. Navarro*, J. A. Lau. 2018. Effects of multiple mutualists on plants and their associated arthropod communities. Oecologia 186:185-194.