Postdoc, Stanford Biology & UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies
Peter studies plant and fungal interactions, with a particular fondness for the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. He is broadly interested in the functional biogeography of fungal communities, determinants of fungal community assembly, and the role of symbiotic fungi in plant response to climate change. Peter employs large scale field surveys, field and laboratory manipulations, and various DNA sequencing approaches to address fundamental questions in fungal ecology. Peter received his PhD in 2020 advised by Don Zak at the University of Michigan and holds an MS in Post-Secondary Science Education, also from Michigan. Peter joined the Peay Lab at Stanford University as a postdoc, and also works with Kai Zhu at UC Santa Cruz and Rob Jackson at Stanford. In 2021 he will start an NSF PRFB, studying the decay attributes of ECM communities at the continental scale.
Email: ptpell at stanford dot edu