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.
Lorena Torres Martinez
Lorena holds the Koch Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Tulane's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Along with teaching Plant Biology and a course on bioinformatics, Lorena is conducting research in the Van Bael lab centering on how inundation influences baldcypress symbiont communities. This builds on her Ph.D. research that focused on plant population ecology and climate change. You can read more about her research at her website (link to Lorena's website).