Research in the Wilkins Lab is focused on understanding the linkages and feedbacks between microbial populations and biogeochemical processes across a range of environmental systems. Our work encompasses everything from physiological interrogations of microbial pure cultures to multi-omics investigations of microbial assemblages sampled from the field. 

We are currently studying the impacts of wildfire on the soil microbiome in high elevation forests, microbial metabolism and physiology in deep subsurface shales, and microbial interactions that drive methane cycling in wetland ecosystems

We couple these microbial analyses to geochemical and hydrologic datasets to enable a more complete understanding of system biogeochemistry.