Welcome to Our Lab!
We are recruiting graduate students! Check out the Graduate Opportunities page to learn more.
Our transdisciplinary team investigates the basic processes of life from diverse perspectives. We value and examine different ways of knowing. The lab focuses scholarly work at the intersection of biological and Buddhist approaches to inquiry. The team investigates questions relating to biodiversity, evolution, symbiosis, and different perspectives on the nature of life. We currently study many life systems including nematodes, gastropods, trees, wasps, and fungi. The team investigates fundamental questions about life, and does applied work with bioethics in mind. We apply diverse molecular, genetic, microscopic, quantitative, and contemplative approaches to our inquiry. The lab is a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment that prioritizes life balance, well-being, and inspiration in its trainees.
Our current big questions include:
How do introduced species and symbioses impact endemic biodiversity in new ecosystems?
How do symbiont genomes coevolve within and between species boundaries?
What are the biodiversity consequences of sacred spaces, species, and symbioses?
What are the consequences of categorizing biodiversity into units of study?
How do different bioethical frameworks shape the course of biological research?
The Denver lab is in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University, on Kalapuya Land.
Brief Lab Updates
09 September 2022 The team returns from a retreat at the Shotpouch Cabin in the coastal range followed by time on the central Oregon coast. We're ready for the Fall!
19 August 2022 The team submits a pre-proposal to the Templeton Foundation Cultural Evolution program: The Bodhi Lab: a Transdisciplinary Buddhist Approach to Biological Research Culture. Fingers crossed!
10 August 2022 Join us at the 2022 OSU Contemplative Studies Initiative non-residential retreat focused on nature, connection and tools for well-being. Subi and Dee are co-organizers :)
09 July 2022 The Oregon Seed Council awards the Denver and Mc Donnell labs a new grant to continue research on slug-parasitic nematodes!