Kadeem J. Gilbert
USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University - 2019
B.S., Natural Resources (Applied Ecology), Cornell University - 2012
I am an ecologist and evolutionary biologist primarily interested in interactions between plants and other organisms, especially when those interactions are symbiotic (i.e. the associated organisms spend a significant portion of their lives in close physical contact with host plant tissues). A major theme of my ongoing research projects is an examination of the ways in which plants influence their symbionts by manipulating the abiotic properties of their leaf micro-environments. For my investigations, I utilize a wide array of techniques and approaches, including field observation, manipulative experiments, phylogenetic comparative methods, DNA metabarcoding, transcriptomics, and metatranscriptomics.