Research in the Wilkins Lab is focused on understanding the linkages and feedbacks between microbial populations and biogeochemical processes across a range of subsurface 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 linkages between seasonal hydrology and biogeochemical processes in upland watersheds, the cycling of methylamines in deep subsurface shales, and microbial responses to fire in upland watersheds

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