Will is a microbial ecologist studying how fungi control carbon cycling. He is specifically interested in how changes in the species composition of fungal communities alter the amount of carbon stored in temperate forest soils. Prior to his PhD research at SEAS, Will completed a MS degree in Conservation Ecology and was a laboratory technician.
MS, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan (2015); BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan (2012)
Will’s dissertation research focuses on how nitrogen availability in soil influences the abundance of fungi with different abilities to decompose plant litter, especially senesced fine tree roots. He uses high throughput sequencing paired with observational and experimental approaches to link environmental variables (e.g., nitrogen availability) to fungal community composition, fine root decomposition, and soil carbon storage in temperate forest ecosystems.