Sydney joined the Bruns lab in August of 2010 as a PhD student in ESPM. She received her B.A. in Biology in 2008 and her MES in Environmental Biology in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania. Sydney is interested in aboveground belowground interactions and ectomycorrhizal ecology. She is currently investigating the cascade down effects of Sudden Oak Death induced mortality of tanoak trees on ectomycorrhizal fungal communities. She is also conducting a continental wide recalcitrant spore bank bioassay investigating the effects of biogeography and host species on ectomycorrhizal spore banks.
Sydney successfully passed her PhD oral exam on May 15 2012.