In the Jones lab, we study how ecological and stochastic factors govern microbial community assembly and how shifts in community composition alter community function. We combine observational and experimental approaches to investigate soil microbes, freshwater microbes, plant-microbe interactions, and insect-associated microbes. In almost all cases, we use high-throughput DNA sequencing to assess community membership (e.g. tagged 16S, metagenomics) and community function (e.g. metatranscriptomics). We routinely work with ecologists, evolutionary biologists, disease ecologists, conservation biologists, agriculturists, soil scientists, and computer scientists. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining the lab or collaborating.