Skip to main content
image of student in stream

Wild. Wonderful.

The Freedman Lab at West Virginia University investigates how microbial communities and their ecosystem functions are altered by environmental change. Our research spans the fields of ecology, environmental science, microbiology and soil science.

Meet Our Lab Members


Welcome to the website of Dr. Zachary Freedman's research team at West Virginia University!

Microbes are vital components of Earth's ecosystems, living in complex communities with tremendous metabolic diversity. For example, microbes mediate global nutrient cycles, detoxify harmful molecules, and have shaped our planet through interactions with myriad other organisms. Our research uses a combination of classical and state-of-the-art techniques to investigate the impacts of environmental changes on microbial communities in natural and managed ecosystems.