Bennett Ecology Lab

Basic and applied ecology focusing on plant-soil interactions

Our research focuses on plant-plant and plant-soil interactions (especially mycorrhizas), with occasional work on plant-pollinator interactions. We are interested in how these interactions affect plant populations and communities, particularly through invasion. Current project span forests, grasslands and tame pastures.

As a general rule, students are most likely to be successful when applying to join a research lab if they stand out. We receive many student applications, but research funds are limited and we can only take so many students at a time. This applies not only to our lab, but to most research labs at our university and elsewhere. It is challenging to respond to all of the requests for supervision, although most faculty, including myself, will respond to students who clearly demonstrate an understanding of their research programs. To stand out, you should demonstrate that you understand what kind of research is conducted in the target lab and that you are enthusiastic about that research in particular. Simply stating that you have read some of our papers, especially if those papers did not originate in our labs, is unlikely to get you a positive response.