We are welcoming Bri Bernik to the Van Bael lab. Bri received her Ph.D. at Tulane in Dr. Michael Blum’s lab, studying the ecosystem consequences of genetic variation in Spartina in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. She’ll be joining us on our new GoMRI funded project to work on the response of bacterial communities to petroleum contamination in salt marsh plants and soil, and the subsequent effect on plant-microbe degradation of petroleum.