Alan joined the lab in June 2016 as a post-doctoral research associate, and is working on root transcriptome analyses for both the Trifolium and the Switchgrass projects. His interests lie in plant adaptation to soil fertility gradients, responses to abiotic stress, and plant-soil-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere. Alan is also conducting experiments for collection of root exudates from switchgrass seedlings, as well as examining the influence of Nitrogen X Microbiome interactions on physiology, performance, and transcriptomics in switchgrass.
Alan completed a B.S. in Biology at Ohio Northern University in 2010, and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2015, where he focused on root structure and function in relation to fertility gradients.