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Alison Bennett

Alison Bennett

Alison Bennett

Assistant Professor, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology


Areas of Expertise

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Plant microbiomes and plant-microbe interactions
  • Plant defense priming by microbes


  • Research Leader, James Hutton Institute, Dundee, Scotland UK (2010-2017)
  • Postdoc, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin USA (2008-2010)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Michigan, Michigan USA (2007-2008)
  • Poctdoc, University of California-Davis, California USA (2005-2007)
  • PhD, Evolution, Indiana University, Indiana USA (2005)
  • AB, Biology (Ecology and Evolution), University of Chicago, Illinois USA (1998)

Dr. Bennett’s research focuses on two research areas:  the influence of microbes (predominantly mutualistic fungi) on plant defense and interactions with other organisms (such as herbivores and pollinators), and evolution within plant-associated microbiomes. Dr. Bennett’s group applies techniques from a wide variety of disciplines (evolutionary ecology, chemistry, molecular biology, and physics) to address questions in these research areas.

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