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Dr. Elizabeth Borer

I expect to recruit 1-2 graduate students to join my lab in Fall 2011. Research in my lab is diverse, but generally focused on the ways in which fertilization, consumers, and diseases control biodiversity. I have a few ongoing experimental projects at the moment including (1) examining the drivers, impacts, and interactions among generalist grassland diseases and placing these into a broader understanding of disease transmission and (2) determining the general and site-specific outcomes of fertilization and herbivory on herbaceous plant biomass and composition by manipulating these factors at >60 sites around the world. Although I am primarily an experimentalist, my students and I use a diversity of tools (e.g. experiments, meta-analysis, mathematical models) to answer general questions.