Fierer Lab

Exploring the structure and function of microbial communities


Tess Brewer : Graduate Student

Tess Brewer

Graduate Student

Research Foci: Soil microbes, microbial weathering, microbial genomics
Paul Carini : Postdoc

Paul Carini


Research Foci: soil microbial ecology, high-throughput cultivation, microbial ecophysiology

Mallory Choudoir : Postdoc

Mallory Choudoir


Research Focus: T.B.D.

Jason Corwin : Postdoc

Jason Corwin


Research Foci: Plant-Microbe Interactions

Google Scholar
Manu Delgado-Baquerizo : Postdoc

Manu Delgado-Baquerizo


Research Focus: Soil microbial ecology, terrestrial ecosystem ecology

Google Scholar
Noah Fierer :

Noah Fierer

Science cheerleader
Matt Gebert : Research Technician

Matt Gebert

Research Technician

Research Foci: showerhead microbiome project
Robin Hacker-Cary : Undergraduate

Robin Hacker-Cary


Research Focus: microbes in the built environment
Toby Hammer : Graduate Student

Toby Hammer

Graduate Student

Research Focus: insect-associated microbial communities

Jessica Henley : Research Technician

Jessica Henley

Research Technician

Research Focus: high-throughput microbial community analyses
Hannah Holland-Moritz : Graduate Student

Hannah Holland-Moritz

Graduate Student

Research Foci: microbial succession, moss-associated microbes

Luna :


Foci: snacks, dinosaurs, fart jokes

Angela Oliverio : Graduate Student

Angela Oliverio

Graduate Student

Research Foci: microbial eukaryotes, thermal adaptations of microbes
Caihong VanderBurgh : Research Technician

Caihong VanderBurgh

Research Technician

Research focus: molecular methods in microbial ecology
Alex Washburne : Postdoc

Alex Washburne


Research foci: theoretical ecology, community ecology, phylogenetic analyses


Alumni (current position):

Albert Barberan (postdoctoral researcher, UC-Davis)

Scott Bates (assistant professor, Purdue University)

Robert Bowers (research scientist, Joint Genome Institute)

Jake Dickerson (Yosemite climber)

Joanne Emerson (postdoctoral researcher, The Ohio State Univ.)

Jonathan Leff (scientist, Kaleido Biosciences)

Gilberto Flores (assistant professor, Cal State – Northridge)

Anne Madden (postdoctoral researcher, NC State)

Emily Morgan (Peace Corps volunteer)

Chris Lauber (researcher, Nestlé, Switzerland)

Xavier Rojas (world traveler, climber)

Amanda Redford (researcher, USDA Center for Plant Health Science and Technology)

Kelly Ramirez (postdoctoral scholar, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)


Fierer Lab people photo March 2016