New Postdoc in Dr. Jagadamma’s Lab

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Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma has welcomed new postdoc, Dr. Rachel Wooliver, to the Soil Management Lab. In the next couple of years, Rachel will be working on Dr. Jagadamma’s USDA-funded project to explore plant-soil-microbial interactions in agricultural systems. This project involves collaborations with scientists across Tennessee to understand how plant-soil-microbial interactions mediate long-known positive effects of crop diversification on soil health and crop yields. Prior to coming to BESS, Rachel was a postdoc in the Sheth lab at North Carolina State University (, where she worked in natural systems to explore plant evolutionary responses to climate change, and how these responses vary across geographic ranges. Rachel completed her doctoral degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in the Schweitzer lab at the University of Tennessee ( Her dissertation explored the ecology and evolution of plant nitrogen limitation and synthesized new insights in our understanding of the nitrogen cycle in the context of eco-evolutionary feedbacks. Rachel’s publications are listed here: Welcome, Rachel!