Welcome to the Seabloom Ecology Lab
Research in the Seabloom lab at the University of Minnesota spans a broad array of basic and applied topics in community and ecosystem ecology including the community ecology of diseases, biological invasions, and restoration ecology.
The Nutrient Network (NutNet): a global research cooperative
Global environmental impacts require global-scale research efforts. The Nutrient Network is a globally-distributed, massively collaborative, experiment replicated at more than 100 sites in 25 countries on 6 continents. For an overview of this project see Borer et al (2014).
Community Ecology of Disease
Host-pathogen interaction take place within a complex context composed of multiple interacting pathogens and hosts. We take a community and ecosystem approach to disease ecology, For an overview of this work see Seabloom et al. (2015 Ecology Letters) and Borer et al. (2016 Ann Review of Phytopathology).
Diversity and Composition of Within-host Microbial Communities
The microbes that live within every free-living host, the host’s microbiome, can alter their host’s fitness and interactions with the environment. In turn, the diversity and composition of this microbial community reflects both the regional pool of species available to colonize the host and the local biotic and abiotic environment of each host. We are using experimental approaches to study the drivers of plant microbiomes at scales ranging from the biogeographic to within individual hosts.
Cedar Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site
Global environmental impacts occur over long periods of time. At the Cedar Creek LTER, we have been we have global change experiments studying the effects of important forces of global change including diversity loss, nutrient deposition, fire frequency, global warming, CO2, & Drought.
Eric W. Seabloom
Dept. of Ecology Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota