Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding
Michael P. Ricketts
Postdoctoral Appointee
Terrestrial Microbial Ecologist
Climate & Earth System Science Department
  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2019.
Current Role
Microbial ecologist, studying plant-soil microbiome-environment interactions, linking metagenomics to ecosystem-scale biogeochemistry.
Analysis of metagenomic microbial community data; bioinformatics; soil characterization, strategic sampling, and development of field and laboratory experiments.
Career Highlights
  • Field research in the Arctic tundra of Northern Alaska, the temperate forests of Ohio, and the pasturelands of central Brazil.
  • Mentor for multiple successful students through the Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) award and Honors College Capstone Projects at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including the W.C. and May Preble Deiss Award for graduate research, the Bodmer International Travel Award, the Elmer Hadley Graduate Research Award, and Undergraduate Biological Colloquium Award for best teaching assistant.
  • Author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and presentations at a variety of conferences, meetings, and symposiums.
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