We have moved to a new location on the web: http://ericvonwettberg.wix.com/laboratory
I am an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Florida International University and a conservation geneticist at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Meet the people in the lab.
We study evolutionary ecology, ecological genetics, and conservation genetics. We primarily study the diversity of crop wild relatives, specifically chickpea. However our interests are broad, encompassing agroecology and conservation as well as ecology and evolution. We are interested in understanding how plants tolerate environmental stress, how stress tolerance evolves, and how variation in tolerance affects interactions with other organisms. I encourage the use of a broad range of tools from genomics and next-generation sequencing to physiology to field biology, and collaborate widely to test hypotheses in a number of ecological communities - many in beautiful exotic places.
Much of our work on wild chickpea occurs in Turkey and Ethiopia. Our work is part of a Feed the Future Innovation lab for chickpea. We also have involved in active projects with mango, and North American Medicago species. In the past we have worked on salt tolerance in Medicago truncatula, a near relative of alfalfa. We retain an interest in how soil and climate affect the relationship of Medicago with its microbial parters. We also have an interest in the conservation of rare plants in South Florida and the Caribbean.
We work at FIU, but can also sometimes be found visiting greenhouses, fields, and collections at the facilities of some of our partner institutions in South Florida - Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, the Kampong, or University of Florida TREC.
Meet the people in my lab. You can see more about the approaches we take to harness the diversity of crop wild relatives to improve the climatic resilience of crops in this tedx talk.
See our publications by cv or google scholar, or find us on science social media: academia.edu profile or ResearchGate Profile