Welcome to the Michaels Lab!

Research in the Michaels Lab examines how anthropogenic changes in land use and climate impact natural populations and interspecific interactions, particularly interactions of plants with their pollinators, dispersal agents, and microbial mutualists and antagonists. We work in a variety of habitats including the oak savannas and prairies of Ohio’s Oak Openings,  Lake Erie marshes, northwest Ohio vernal pools and forests, and even the Hawaiian Islands.  Our studies employ various techniques and approaches as driven by the questions or problems we study in conservation, restoration, or evolutionary ecology. We use field, growth chamber, or greenhouse experiments, molecular genetic markers and DNA sequencing, demographic modeling, surveys of environmental  factors, or chemical analyses to understand ecological and evolutionary processes and patterns across time and space.


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