Na Wei

Principal Investigator

Na is a Scientist and Principal Investigator at Holden Arboretum. She is an evolutionary ecologist interested in eco-evolutionary adaptation to environmental change. Ph.D. 2015. University of Michigan

Maris Hollowell

Research Technician

Maris is interested in evolutionary ecology, genetics, and plant microbiomes. Maris holds a B.S. in Forensic Biology from the University of Findlay.

Cordelia Zheng

Undergraduate Researcher

Cordelia is majored in biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. Cordelia’s project in the lab focuses on plant-microbiome symbiosis and population genetics.

Madelynn Nakaji-Conley

Research Intern 2023

Dylann holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Reed College. Dylann’s project in the lab focuses on how symbiosis influences plant population dynamics.

Sophia Mita

Undergraduate Researcher

Sophia is majored in Biology at Allegheny College. Sophia is interested in working at the interface of field ecology, microbial ecology, and plant biology in the lab.

High School Researchers

Previous Researchers

Jessica LaBella

Research Technician

Jess is interested in plant ecophysiology, evolutionary ecology, and plant microbiome. Jess holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Elizabeth Esser

Undergraduate Researcher

Elizabeth is a Research Intern (2021) at the Holden Arboretum. She is a geneticist and ecologist, interested in evolutionary ecology and conservation. Her project in the lab focuses on how genome duplication influences species interactions under environmental stress

Evelyn Kaufman

Undergraduate Researcher

Eve is a Research Assistant at the Holden Arboretum. She is interested in environmental science and policy. Her work in the lab focuses on functional drivers of microbiome assembly in Malus.

Miyauna Incarnato

Undergraduate Researcher

Miyauna is a Research Intern (2020) at the Holden Arboretum. She is a pollination biologist interested in plant–pollinator interactions and pollinator conservation. Her project in the lab focuses on plant–pollinator interactions and the effects on flower microbiome in Malus.