Jennifer Schmidt

Jennifer Schmidt

Position Title
PhD Student

Plant Sciences


Jennifer is interested in the rhizosphere microbiome and its functional implications for sustainable agriculture. Complex interactions between plant roots, the rhizosphere microbiome, and the soil environment have a tremendous, often underappreciated influence on agroecosystem productivity and ecosystem services. Jennifer's work focuses on how domestication and breeding have affected the maize rhizosphere microbiome, particularly as relevant to adaptation to low-synthetic-input and organically managed systems.