Testing the Effects of the Alaskan Microbiome

Undergraduate researcher Jackson Drew was recently awarded an URSA Spring Project Award. He’ll now be completely funded to complete a pilot project related to microbiome engineering. Having grown up in Interior Alaska, Jackson is keenly aware of how climate warming is inducing rapid large-scale shifts in plant communities in the boreal biome. His research will measure the effects of soil microbes on plant growth as a means of elucidating plant-microbe interactions.