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, PA. She also received a M.S. (2016) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT. 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 is centered around understanding plant-microbe interactions in co-evolving native systems and how anthropogenic forces alter these interactions. Specifically, she studies beneficial microbes called mycorrhizal fungi as well as harmful pathogens. Ultimately, the goal of this work is to allow conservation of diverse places in the face of human impact. Delavaux conducts research in local prairies, tropical Latin America, including Ecuador and Panama, and at the global scale.
Mentor: James Bever, Distinguished Foundation Professor and Senior Scientist, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology