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Mark Williams

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301 Latham Hall

220 Ag Quad Ln.

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Associate Professor

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Williams's research is focused on understanding how microbial communities assemble and function in ecosystems, soil, the root-zone, and other numerous habitats found in nature (e.g. honeybee gut). His studies reflect on the mutualistic nature of plant-microbial feedbacks that are a major driver of ecosystems and the global biosphere. 

Using next-gen sequencing, LC and GC- mass spectrometry, and tried and true plant, microbial, and soil techniques his lab answers questions about the distribution and function of microbial communities from the scale of the root-zone to the biogeochemical cycles of earth. The lab studies native, remnant and human-managed ecosystems.

Research Interests

Microbial ecology, plant growth promotion, Rhizobium spp., mycorrhizae, land management, natural ecosystems