Camille Delavaux is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology. She received a B.S. (2014) in environmental science and a B.A. (2014) in Spanish language and literature from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She also received a Master’s of Science (2016) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, Connecticut. During her master’s, she conducted field work looking at how human-induced nutrient enrichment of forest ecosystems in the Ecuadorian Andes alters soil microbes and ultimately plant diversity. Now, her research focuses on understanding how microbes drive plant invasion in the Galapagos Island Archipelago. Specifically, she studies beneficial microbes called mycorrhizal fungi as well as harmful pathogens. The goal of this work is to better inform conservation and preservation of native Galapagos plants that support diverse animal life on the islands.
Mentor: James Bever, Distinguished Foundation Professor and Senior Scientist, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology