Research: Understanding how interactions between forest and crop plant communities and soil microbes impact ecosystem functions, including crop yield, nutrient cycling, and host susceptibility to pathogens, is essential for many environmental challenges we face today.
Teaching & Mentoring: Helping students learn deeply and engage thoughtfully with ecology is one of the best parts of my job, both in the classroom and on research projects.Recent Publications:
Jimenez-Gasco MM, Malcolm GM et al. (2014) Complex molecular relationship between Vegetative Compatibility Groups in Verticillium dahliae: VCGs do not always align with clonal lineages. Phytopathology. 104(6):650-659 Koide RT, Fernandez CW, Malcolm GM. (2014) Research Review: Determining place and process: functional traits of ectomycorrhizal fungi that affect both community structure and ecosystem function. New Phytologist. 201(2):433-439 Malcolm GM, Kuldau GA, Gugino BK, Jimenez-Gasco MM. (2013) Hidden host plant associations of soilborne fungal pathogens: An ecological perspective. Phytopathology. 103(6):538-544