Areas of Expertise: Bacterial ecology and taxonomy; and endophytic bacteria of crops.

Areas of Interest: Plant growth-promotion and yield-enhancement through the use of microbial inoculants; bacterial populations and interactions in the soil, rhizosphere, and internal tissues of plants, and bacterial systematics, taxonomy and nomenclature.

Plant Pathology, Entomology
MS, Auburn University, Microbiology, 1993
BS, Auburn University, Animal Biology, 1985