Congrats, Anna!

Anna’s first paper from her master’s research was highlighted as an Editor’s Choice article in AoB Plants. Congrats, Anna! You can check out the write up here.


We’re looking for a postdoc!

The Crawford Lab anticipates hiring a postdoctoral researcher in plant-microbe interactions in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston.

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research on an NSF-funded project testing how climate influences plant-soil feedback in native Texas grasslands. This work will include both greenhouse and field experiments, as well as next-generation sequencing of soil communities. In addition to this project, the postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and projects on plant-microbe interactions.

Candidates must have a PhD in ecology or a related field and experience conducting research with plants and/or microbes. Other important qualifications are a background in statistical methods, a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, and a track record of publications. A background in managing large field experiments and experience with molecular techniques and bioinformatics is desirable.

This is a one year position with an expectation for renewal provided satisfactory performance. The start date is flexible, but an ideal candidate would be able to start in Spring or Summer 2019.

To apply, please send your CV (including contact information for 3 references) along with a short description of your previous research experience and your interest in this position to Dr. Kerri Crawford ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

***I will be at ESA. Please contact me if you would like to chat during the meeting.

UH National Commercial

We hit the big time and Kerri got to fulfill her lifelong goal of appearing in a national commercial. The lab got a cameo at the end of this year’s commercial for the University of Houston. Check it out:



Lots to Celebrate

To celebrate the end of a productive semester, the lab headed out for pizza and beer. A few of the things we’re celebrating:

  • Lots of exciting new projects for Hannah and Noah
  • Anna’s submission of her first manuscript
  • Amazing undergrad research conducted by Laura and Luis
  • Luis’s graduation + job offers
  • Scott’s graduation + his decision to stick around for a PhD with us
  • Sandy’s election as a senator in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Hoang’s publications
  • Huda and Hannah winning prizes for their presentations
  • New faces in the lab joining us this summer
  • And much, much more!


NSF Grant Awarded

Thanks to NSF, the Crawford Lab will be starting a new project! For the next four years, we will be investigating how climate influences plant-soil feedback using a variety of experiments in the lab and field. We’re excited to discover how abiotic variation across space and time can influence plant community structure through alterations in plant-microbe interactions. This also means that we will be looking to hire new personnel to help with the project. If you are looking for a technician position or a postdoc position and think this project sounds fun, please contact Kerri.

For more on the project, click here.


Congratulations, Hannah!

Congrats to Hannah for winning the Distinguished Graduate/Professional Student Leader Award for her service to the Graduate and Professional Student Association! Not only is Hannah an amazing ecologist, she’s an excellent leader.

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Welcome to the lab!

Time flies when you are having fun! In the first of a series of catch-up posts, I’d like to welcome Noah Luecke to the lab.┬áNoah joined the lab as a Ph.D. student this past fall. In his first year, he has started lots of fun experiments looking at how soil microbes influence plants. We’re looking forward to the results!