Principal Investigator


Dr. Kyle Wickings

Phone: (315) 787-2337

Wickings CV

325 Barton Lab, 15 Castle Creek Drive, Geneva, New York 14456




Abigail Wentworth


Phone: (315) 787-2334

B.S. Geology: Environmental Earth Science, State University of New York at Oswego

323 Barton Laboratory


Graduate Students

A woman holds a leaf such that it appears larger than her face.Natalie Bray (Ph.D. Student)


M.A. Conservation Biology, Columbia University


B.A. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

6140 Comstock Hall / 311 Barton Laboratory

I am interested in soil microarthropod ecology and in how soil microarthropods affect microbial communities and belowground carbon cycling.


Lindsay Fennell (M.S./ Ph.D. Student)


B.S. Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University

6140 Comstock Hall/ 311 Barton Laboratory

My field of interest is entomology as it applies to soil ecology and soil biological health. I am driven to find ways to better manage agricultural systems, through harnessing the direct and indirect services of soil organisms. I am currently investigating the links and trade-offs between pest management practices and soil health management practices. 


Ashley Jernigan


B.S. International Agriculture and Rural Development, with minors in Soil Science and Human Nutrition, Cornell University, 2016

6132 Comstock Hall, 311 Barton Laboratory

I am interested in helping farmers build more resilient agroecosystems by improving the biological soil health of their fields. Soil microarthropods influence many important soil processes including include organic matter decomposition, nutrient cycling, pathogen suppression and transmission. My current research in the lab investigates the role of microarthropods regarding nutrient cycling, plant pathogen transmission and suppression, and the tradeoffs between the benefits and drawbacks associated with microarthropods in agroecosystems.

Science Water Calibrator

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 Former Lab Members

Dr. Huijie Gan -Post-Doctoral Researcher

Maxwell Helmberger – Graduate Student

Dr. Pengfei Wu – Visiting Scholar

Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R. of China