Suzanne is in Kabir Peay's lab studying how to use fungal functional traits to determine the processes that shape mutualistic niches. In particular, she is interested in the linkages between above- and below-ground processes in influencing tropical community structures, focusing on ectomycorrhizal trees. She earned a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Policy at Duke University where she studied the epigenetic relationship between seed dormancy and cold/drought tolerance in Arabidopsis. After graduation, she worked with Nathan Kraft at UCLA, looking at higher order interactions between Californian annuals.