I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology working with Jos Raaijmakers. My research goal is to elucidate and exploit the drivers and consequences of biotic interactions on ecosystem functioning and host wellbeing to mitigate effects of future environmental changes.
My research is based around plant-microbe interactions and soil microbiome. In particular, I is interested in how:
i) tripartite interactions of plant-soil-microbe will be affected by the climate change and what consequences will that have on agroecosystem functioning and crop production
ii) microbial driven nutrient cycling under climate change and at macro- and micro- scales in terrestrial systems.
PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, 2014
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Diploma in Microbiology, 2009
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Understanding the leaf microbiome of bioenergy crops (switchgrass, miscanthus) for improving plant yields, protection and sustainable growth.
Investigating how soil aggregates influence ammonia oxidizing community composition, diversity and activity.
Anaerobic syntrophic interactions between sulfate reducing bacteria and methanogens.
Genus Burkholderia - importance of biotic interactions for successful colonization of acid soils