Toby Kiers received her Phd from University of California, Davis in 2005 with a focus on Ecology, Evolution and Agriculture. She became a University Research Chair and Professor at the VU in January 2014.
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Simon Dupin is the Lab’s technician and curator of the fungal collection. Simon is in charge of propagating all biological material, and runs the molecular side of the lab. He received his Masters from Université de Bordeaux in Biotechnology
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Victor Caldas is a post-doc researching foraging patterns and network connections of mycorrhizal hyphae. He is a biophysicist by training and studied single-molecule dynamics, developing new approaches to image analysis during his Phd at University of Groningen
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Matt Whiteside is a post-doc using confocal microscopy, among other techniques, to visual nutrient trade in complex mycorrhizal networks. He is an analytical chemist by training from UC Irvine and focuses on developing new approaches to track resource trade across a diversity of organisms
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Anouk van t’padge is a Phd student studying the factors that regulate resource trade in the mycorrhizal symbiosis. She is also interested in historic reconstructions of symbioses, specifically among insects and their endosymbionts
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Roberta Fisher is a post-doc with a background in the evolution of multicellularity and symbiosis. She is using comparative methods to understand what drives the formation of cooperative partnerships
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Jocelyn Behm is a former post-doc with a background in phenotypic plasticity, global change and species conservation. She is devising frameworks for predicting how species, including microbes, respond to change. She is now at Temple University
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Daniel Engelmoer is a former post-doc with a background in microbial experimental evolution. He worked on the evolutionary ecology of mycorrhizae and rhizobial cooperative interactions.He has now moved to working with industry
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Gijsbert Werner is a former Phd student working on the evolution of mutualistic cooperation between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. He is interested in the environmental context of stable cooperation and biological markets.He is now a Newton Fellow at Oxford
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Marie Duhamel  was a Phd student (co-supervised with P. Vandenkoornhuyse) with a focus on microbial diversity in natural and agricultural ecosystems. She defended in November 2013 and continues to work on quantifying diversity.
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Erik Verbruggen completed his PhD (co-supervised with M. van der Heijden) with a focus on mycorrhizae, agricultural and transgenic crops. He is now working as a post-doc in Berlin looking at mycorrhizal dynamics in long-term agricultural plots.
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Bram Knegt  was a master’s student performing his thesis on the effects of host plant quality on competition between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. He is now doing a Phd at UvA.