Welcome to The Soil Ecology & Biological Indicators Laboratory (SEBIL)

Lab members Noah Olson, Anna Brown, Tucker Andrews, Tom Weicht, Deb Neher, Asa Hurd

Our research examines biological communities in compost and their role in disease suppression by natural mechanisms, developing biological indicators for environmental monitoring of agricultural, forest, and wetland soils, ecotoxicology and biotechnology risk assessment, climate change and soil biological crusts. Our work also involves plant pathology and issues surrounding sustainable agriculture.


Current Projects

Bedding Strategies-

Designing Compost-

ROAR Program-

  • Recycling Organics and Resources (ROAR). This is a partnership between Eric Roy (Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources) and Meredith Niles (UVM Nutrition and Food Science) to develop transdisciplinary grant proposals on this topic. Publication: Conrad, Z.,  Niles, M., Neher, D. A., Roy, E. D., Tichenor, N. E., and Jahns, L. 2018. Relationship between diet quality, food waste, and environmental sustainability. PloS ONE 13(4): e0195405. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195405.

Contact Us

Jeffords Hall 342
63 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-0690