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, 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 focuses on understanding how humans alter plant-microbe relationships. Delavaux conducts research in Ecuador as well as in prairie systems. 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 plants.
Mentor: James Bever, Distinguished Foundation Professor and Senior Scientist, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology