Current Projects

We many topics are encompassed by our research.  Our methods range from metabolic and molecular procedures at the bench to phylogenetic analyses other bioinformatic tests, including Ecotype Simulation.




  • Diversification of the Bacillus subtilis-licheniformis clade along a salinity gradient in Death Valley (Sarah Kopac, PhD thesis)









  • Ecotypes associated with the rhizospheres of plants (Stephanie Aracena, Master’s thesis)


  • Diversity of bacterial communities in glacial environments (Jessica Sherry, Honor thesis)

  • Development of a faster Ecotype Simulation algorithm (Noor Tell and Brianne Wiemann)