Seward Award

2020 Seward Award Recipient: Lana Bolin

Lana Bolin is a third-year Ph.D. student in Associate Professor Jen Lau’s lab, where she studies how soil microbes influence plant adaptation. Specifically, she is interested in how rapid changes to microbial communities may benefit plants in stressful environments, either through altering plant traits, altering the environment to make it less stressful, or influencing plant evolutionary responses to stress. She also applies her work to agricultural practices by studying whether irrigation may erode the ability of soil microbes to provide crop resilience under drought stress. With the funds from the Fred Seward Award, Lana plans to conduct a greenhouse experiment this summer to understand why plants would rely on soil microbes to modulate their stress responses and how this beneficial relationship could be maintained.