The CALS community is invited to attend a soil science faculty candidate presentation by Zachary Freedman, assistant professor of environmental microbiology at West Virginia University, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at 12:20 pm in Room 357 Soils Building (1525 Observatory Drive). Freedman will present a research seminar entitled “Don’t miss the microbes for the trees: A microbial mechanism fostering future ecosystem carbon storage.” Freedman will also present a teaching seminar entitled “Modern warfare: Antibiotics and the rise of antibiotic resistance.”

Freedman received a BS in Biology from Fairfield University in 2005 and a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University in 2012. From 2012-2016, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Donald Zak in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at West Virginia University in July 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences.

The Freedman Lab conducts research to unravel the biological, chemical and physical mechanisms that govern the composition of microbial communities as well as their ecosystem function. They primarily study the impact of environmental change on microorganisms that are associated with the cycling and storage of elements that are critical to life on Earth (including carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous). The lab employs classical field- and lab-based methods, as well as state-of-the-art DNA sequencing and computational bioinformatics.