Couradeau lab

Soil Microbiome - Microbial Ecology - Geomicrobiology


The lab is  (almost) open!

Due to COVID-19 the renovation of the lab has been delayed and we are all working remotely at the moment.

We are now accepting applications for lab technician position to be filled in the fall.

We use cutting edge interdisciplinary techniques including metagenomics & metabolomics as well as advanced imagery to interrogate microbial communities from soils!

Our focus is to understand these communities and tune their functioning towards beneficial services such as enhanced soil carbon storage.

Our favorite model system for soils are biological soil crusts (biocrust), a soil typical from arid lands.

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Welcome to Ryan Trexler and Jenn Harris

Ryan Trexler and Jenn Harris are going to start their Ph.D. in the fall 2020. Ryan will work on biocrusts and Jenn will be co-advised by Liana Burghardt to decipher plant-microbe interactions!

We are very fortunate to start the group with these two amazing scholars!

New article published

Probing the active fraction of soil microbiomes using BONCAT-FACS

Estelle CouradeauJoelle SasseDanielle GoudeauNandita NathTerry C. HazenBen P. BowenRomy ChakrabortyRex R. Malmstrom,Trent R. Northen 

Nature Communications

volume 10, Article number: 2770 (2019) 

The lab is (almost) open

If you are interested in joining our lab, do not hesitate to get in touch!

We welcome undergraduate and the graduate students applications!

Our lab is associated with several graduate program you can choose from.


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Ecosystem Science and Management

The Pennsylvania State University


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The Pennsylvania State University

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