Plants interact with a tremendous diversity of organisms that belongs to all parts of the tree of life. The biology, the ecology, and the evolution of both the plant and associated groups are impacted by the nature, the structure, and the dynamics of these relationships. My project aims to characterize the relationships between plants and microorganisms. I am studying the processes that drive the spatial and temporal structures of this interactions from the plant-individual to the geographical scale, and from the plant-lifespan to the plant-evolutionary time scale.
Since the end of my postdoc with Carl Schlichting, we have conducted together a project about the theory of the evolution of plastic responses. More specifically, we are interested in the genomic bases that make possible the evolution of this crucial trait for the adaptation of individuals to changing environments.