Lab News

May 2022

Happy Summer! To kick off the summer season, our lab welcomed our newest PhD student, Tanner Judd. Tanner joins us after the successful completion of his MS program with Andrea Jilling at Oklahoma State University. Welcome Tanner!

April 2022

Congrats to the newly minted Dr. Greg Martin! Greg is the lab’s first PhD student from WVU and successfully defended his PhD this month.

Some more good news from Greg, whose second dissertation chapter “A legacy of fire emerges from multiple disturbances to most shape microbial and nitrogen dynamics in a deciduous forest” was just published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry. Check it out here. Congrats Greg!

January 2022

Happy New Year! We welcomed the new year and also a new graduate student. Hannah Anderson joined our lab as an MS student in the Soil Science program. Previously, Hannah completed her B.S. from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she competed on the soil judging team. Welcome Hannah!

September 2021

The lab keeps growing! This month we welcomed Zoë Goodrow, our lab’s new Research Specialist. Zoë earned her MS in the Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. She was previously a Research Specialist at the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center as well as a Science and Policy Research Fellow at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, UW-Madison.

August 2021

The lab is happy to welcome two new graduate students! Brooke Propson is a new PhD student (Soil Science) and is joining us from her previous position at the University of Michigan Biological Station. Sal Grover is a new MS student (Agroecology) and is joining us from his previous position at the University of California-Davis.

August 2021

Congrats to Greg and Jenni who both presented talks at the Ecological Society of America meeting, which was held virtually due to COVID-19. Greg’s talk was titled: “Legacy effects of fire continue to shape the soil microbiome in an eastern deciduous forest” and Jenni’s talk was titled: “Integrating the ecology of the soil microbiome into our understanding of bioproduct agroecosystem productivity and sustainability”.

July 2021

Zac was appointed to the O.N. Allen Professorship in Soil Microbiology. The five-year professorship will be used to support exciting research and community building in soil microbiology at UW-Madison.

January 2021

Zac started teaching Forum on the Environment (SOILSCI/ENVIRSCI 101) in a virtual format. Good luck to all in what will surely be another unique semester.

January 2021

Happy 2021! This semester the lab welcomes Lucas Chamberlain, who is a new PhD student in the Environment and Resources program (co-advised with Dr. Matt Ruark). Lucas completed his MS in 2020 at Northwestern University and will pursue a project to investigate mechanisms of soil organic matter production and persistence across midwestern cropping systems.

December 2020

Congrats to Greg! His manuscript Stream sediment bacterial communities exhibit temporally-consistent and distinct thresholds to land use change in a mixed-use watershed was accepted for publication in FEMS Microbiology Ecology. Check out the advance article here.

November 2020

Congrats to Jenni! Her manuscript Soil microbial succession following surface mining is governed primarily by deterministic factors was published in the November issue of FEMS Microbiology Ecology. Check it out here.

September 2020

Happy Fall! Zac started teaching Soil Biology (SOILSCI 323) with Drs. Matt Ruark and Ann Macguidwin in a virtual format. Good luck to all in what will surely be a special semester.

July 2020

More good news! The lab was awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation’s Understanding the Rules of Life: Microbiome Theory and Mechanisms program. Stay tuned for position announcements.

July 2020

We just got the good news that the lab was awarded a grant through the USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems program to start September, 2020! We’re currently recruiting a PhD student to work on this project: Freedman Lab PhD Advert_SAS

June 2020

The Freedman Lab is recruiting PhD students – check out this advertisement and email Zac for more information.

June 2020

The lab is officially in its new home at UW-Madison!