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Claire Winfrey


Research Interest

Biogeography, gut microbiome, nutrient cycling, evolutionary ecology, molecular ecology, global change biology, entomology

Faculty Advisor(s)

Sheldon

Degree Pursuing

PhD

Research

Biogeography, the study of the factors driving organisms’ distributions, inspired Darwin and Wallace to construct their theories of evolution over 150 years ago. In contrast, the influence of the gut microbiome on host fitness and the surrounding environment is only recently at the forefront of ecology and evolutionary biology research. Little is known about gut microbiome variation across space and time. Using Phanaeus dung beetles, I investigate how the gut microbiome varies across abiotic environmental gradients and in the presence of different biological communities. I also study how these changes in the gut microbiome influence ecosystem services and nutrient cycling mediated by Phanaeus.


Publications

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