Welcome to the website for Brian Darby's Soil Ecology and Ecological Genomics laboratory. We are in our second year at the Biology Department of the University of North Dakota. Browse around and see what we've been up to; we'll do our best to keep the page updated, but do contact us if you have any questions!
Soils are filled with an incredible diversity of life; many of the animals are too small to be seen with the naked eye but are still important for ecosystem functioning. Recent technological advances in molecular biology allow us to also study the genomics of soil organisms in a way that wasn't previously possible.
Our research seeks to understand the ecology of these soil organisms, what genes and genome components are important for their belowground life, and how they influence soil and ecosystem processes. Research projects are at the intersection of ecology and genomics and include field, laboratory, microscopy, molecular, genomic, and computational approaches.
This image was taken by Dave Wheeler while touring the bison enclosures at the Konza Prairie Biological Station.