College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Brown studies microbial metagenomics, characterizing the function of communities of microbes in various environments. Her focal question is how host-associated microbes interact, forming stable or opportunistic mutualisms that may facilitate or limit ecological processes such as species invasions, biomass production, or disease outbreak. She uses field and lab experiments, shotgun metagenomics, transcriptomics, microscopy, and advanced computational tools. Dr. Brown received her PhD in Molecular Ecology and Evolution from the University of British Columbia. She completed postdoctoral studies in Population and Comparative Genomics at the University of Montana and Oregon State University, receiving an AAUW Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Recent Scholarship: Brown, A.M.V., Howe, D.K., Wasala, S.K., Peetz, A.B., Zasada, I.A., Denver, D.R. (2015) Comparative genomics of a plant-parasitic nematode endosymbiont suggest a role in nutritional symbiosis. Genome Biology & Evolution 7(9):2727-2746.