Dr. Daniel Ballhorn

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Daniel Ballhorn

 

Dr. Daniel Ballhorn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. In 2006, I earned my Ph.D. in Applied Botany at the University of Hamburg in Germany. I am interested in interactions between organisms of different trophic levels including plants, herbivores as well as pathogenic and mutualistic microbes (fungi and bacteria). Furthermore, I study the effects of abiotic factors on these complex interactions to obtain information on potential effects of climate change on ecological networks. In my research, I combine laboratory approaches and field experiments to seek for the proof that observations made under laboratory conditions can be transferred to the situation in nature.