I am gay and I am a plant microbial ecologist. //
I am a South African gay man living and studying in Montréal. I have a firm background and deep understanding of Mediterranean ecosystems and ecological theory. My PhD work focuses on understanding which assembly processes are delimiting the plant microbiome, as well as the evolutionary history of niche shifts and stability. This work will contribute to our understanding of how plant microbiomes are assembled and maintained, and more importantly, offer a new perspective on the hologenome theory of evolution. I’m also passionate about science communication and contribute to online discussions regarding advances and challenges in microbiome research.