Sunshine Van Bael
Dr. Sunshine Van Bael’s laboratory studies community ecology with emphases on symbioses and plant-animal interactions. Broadly, we are interested in how plants, animals and fungi become involved in symbioses with other organisms to feed themselves and defend themselves from enemies. We are involved in projects in Panama and in the southeastern US that include microbial ecology, chemical ecology, biodiversity conservation, coastal restoration and agroecology.
Mareli Sanchez is a Ph.D. student interested in how fungal endophytes and root mycorrhizal fungi help non-halophytic plants deal with salinity stress, as well as the role of mycorrhizal fungi in forest restoration. Broadly, her research interests are tropical ecology, wetland ecology, mycology, biogeography, and soil biochemistry.
Bolívar Aponte-Rolón is a Ph.D. student interested in studying bacterial and fungal endophytic communities in tropical forests and mangrove ecosystems. His research interests are, broadly, tropical ecology, agroecology, mycology and myrmecology.
Charlie Bond is a +1 master's student whose research interests include aquatic ecology, fungal biology and wetlands conservation and restoration
Elizabeth Muntean is a +1 master's student whose research interests include conservation biology, wetlands ecology, agriculture and restoration.
Olivia Barfield (left) and Reid Belanger (right). Not in photo: Molly Duncan, Anya Mukundan, Emily Nochowicz, Iker Yturralde.
Lucy Murray (left), Molly Duncan (right)