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Lucas Michelotti, Lab Manager

Lucas Michelotti

Lucas oversees the molecular laboratory, mentors students and postdocs learning molecular techniques, assists with field work, and just generally keeps us all in line.

His main foci at the moment are:

  • Assessing bacterial communities in birds, insects and soils
  • Examining anti-herbivore plant defenses
  • Determining predator diets using molecular methods


M.S. Michigan State University, Forestry & Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, April 2016.
B.S. Muhlenberg College, Biology & Environmental Science, May 2012.


Phadke, S.S., Maclean, C.J., Zhao, S.Y., Mueller, E.A., Michelotti, L.A., Norman, K.L., Kumar, A. and James, T.Y., 2018. Genome-wide screen for Saccharomyces cerevisiae genes contributing to opportunistic pathogenicity in an invertebrate model host. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 8(1): 63-78.

Michelotti, L.A., and Miesel J.R. 2015. Source material and concentration of wildfire-produced pyrogenic carbon influence post-fire soil nutrient dynamics. Forests 6(4): 1325-1342.