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The Buckley Lab
Microbial Ecology and Genomics of Soil

Prospective Students


Welcome to the Buckley Lab!
We use genomic and molecular tools to examine microbial diversity in soils. We seek to understand the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that regulate microbial diversity and its impacts on soil processes.

Why study soil microorganisms?
Microorganisms are the Earth's firstborn. They were teeming on the land and in the seas for billions of years before the evolution of plants and animals, and their diversity is staggering. Every pinch of soil contains billions of microbes whose activities regulate terrestrial nutrient cycles and influence the evolution of our biosphere. Despite their importance many aspects of soil microbial communities are still a mystery and soil remains a fertile habitat for discovery.

Our research is supported by:

 
School of Integrative Plant Sciences, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Contact: dbuckley@cornell.edu