Elle M. Barnes
I am a community and microbial ecologist at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute. I apply molecular and computational techniques to answer questions related to the the creation & maintenance of biodiversity.
I currently work in the Tringe Lab (Microbial Systems Group) investigating host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions in sorghum-associated microbial communities to improve sustainable productivity of sorghum as a transitional biofuel.
I use host-associated microbiomes as model systems to test core eco-evolutionary theories, such as assembly theory. I am also extremely passionate about science education and literacy. I am also a dedicated advocate of mental health and diversity in STEM.