April 1, 2013 – Assistant Professor Brian Badgley joined the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences in 2012.
Badgley's lab research focuses on environmental microbiology and microbial ecology, with a particular interest in trying to understand ecological functions provided by natural microbial populations and communities. Microbes mediate many important processes at the ecosystem and global scales, yet approximately 99 percent of all microbes are not culturable, meaning there is little to nothing known about their distribution or role in the environment. Now, however, new molecular tools allow us to begin to answer very basic questions in microbial ecology. What microbes are present in a particular habitat? What kind of important or beneficial ecological functions might they provide? By combining new methods in genomics and metagenomics with traditional culture based techniques, Badgley's lab group can seek to gain new insights into these important questions in a variety of habitats.