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Welcome

I am a plant ecologist pursuing PhD in biology focusing on how interactions between microbes and their plant host are acted upon by evolutionary processes

 

Personal Statement

I'm an openly gay South African living and studying in Montréal. An avid traveler and enjoy good wine. Also passionate about science communication and contribute to online discussions regarding advances and challenges in plant microbiome research

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My Professional Profile

I have a firm background and deep understanding of Mediterranean ecosystems and ecological theory. My current work focuses on understanding which assembly processes are delimiting the plant microbiome, as well as the evolutionary history of niche shifts and stability. This work will contribute to our understanding of how plant microbiomes are assembled and maintained, and more importantly, offer a new perspective on the hologenome theory of evolution. I'm also passionate about science communication and contribute to online discussions regarding advances and challenges in microbiome research.

 
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Projects

To provide a tangible showcase of my work, I’ve included a portfolio of my most recent projects. Take a moment to explore below, and reach out if you’re interested in learning more about what I have to offer.

 
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Microbial Biogeography in Mediterranean Ecosystems

South African and Israeli Mediterranean Ecosystem

This project explores the microbial biogeography of soil microbial communities and highlights evolutionary processes delimiting their distributions

Collaborations

Science moves forward when we work together

Get in touch and let us do great science

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Scientist testing GMO plant in laborator

Plant Holobiont

Plant-microbe interactions of agriculture crops

This work focuses on understanding which assembly processes are delimiting the plant microbiome, as well as the evolutionary history of niche shifts and stability. This work will contribute to our understanding of how plant microbiomes are assembled and maintained, more importantly, offer a new perspective on the hologenome theory of evolution.

For more examples of my work, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Educational Experience

What I’ve Learned

BSc, University of Cape Tow

2003-2006

My BSc focused on the ecology and ecophysiological response of legumes from the Mediterranean ecosystem of South Africa

MSc, Seoul National University

2013-2015

My MSc was on the biogeographical patterns of soil microbial communities in the Mediterranean ecosystem of South Africa. It highlighted the underlying evolutionary processes that assemble microbial communities across various habitats.

PhD, INRS-Institut Armand Frappier

2016- Present

My PhD is rooted in understanding and modelling the assembly of the plant microbiome. To this end, I am using soybean as my study organism. I am also exploring how evolution and plant-based selection is influencing coexistence of microbes and creation of new niche spaces

 

Desmond Tutu

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” 

 
 

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