The Six Lab is a diverse place. We work on many questions from many different angles: everything from evolution to ecology to management and effects of global change, and from the micro- to the landscape level. Most of our work focuses in one way or another on bark or ambrosia beetles and their interactions with fungi. But sometimes studies on fire or invasives sneak in, just 'cause we find them interesting. Our work occurs in many places. Some of our work is local (Montana and surrounding states) and some not so local (southern Africa, Asia, Australia and Mexico).
An Evolutionary Marriage
Scientists in Montana are learning about the evolution of symbiosis by studying the genomes of fungal species associated with bark beetles. As a beetle and fungus become dependent, their futures become intertwined. With climate change hurtling them toward the unknown, will the beetles' symbiotic fungi help or hinder their survival?