Brian D. Badgley

Associate Professor

I started at VT in 2012 following an academic tour including Georgia, Maryland, South Florida, and Minnesota. I have a diverse background including environmental science, ecology, and microbiology, and I enjoy using these various perspectives to address questions in environmental microbiology. When I’m not working or shuttling my kids around, I make it my goal to spend as much time as I can enjoying the outdoors – I still can’t believe I’m fortunate enough work on a campus only ten miles from the Appalachian Trail.

badgley(at)vt(dot)edu; (540) 231-9629; Brian’s CV

Prashasti Agarwal

PhD Student

Having lived in India for what felt like forever, I came to the US to pursue my master’s at New Mexico State University. I moved to Blacksburg for my Ph.D., and I am currently focusing on understanding how diverse plant communities affect soil microbial communities. In my free time, I enjoy catching up on missed sleep (I know, lame, right?) and shopping (hopefully window shopping counts!).


Stephanie Duston

Ph.D. Student

Stephanie was an undergraduate researcher in the lab in 2016-17, pursued a MS degree with our I am a Maine native, growing up in New England where the rugged mountain and coastal terrain led to a love for our natural world. I completed my B.S. in Environmental Science at Virginia Tech, where I first started working in the Badgley Lab. I continued on at Virginia Tech in the Strahm Lab, steeping myself in soil biogeochemistry to earn my Master’s degree in Forestry. For my PhD, I have come full circle and am back working in the Badgely Lab, where I am focused on carbon cycling and allocation processes between plants, soil, and microbes. When I am not playing with soil, I am playing board games and romping around with my small ever growing army of corgis.


Anyelina Mangru

Ph.D. Student


Sarah Shawver

Ph.D. Student

After completing degrees in Wisconsin and Texas, I came to Blacksburg, where the climate is not so extreme. My research interests include how soil properties influence microorganisms. In my free time, I enjoy baking and spoiling my cat.


Previous lab members

  • Colin Baciocco – Confluence REEU student, 2019
  • Amir Barnet –  Confluence REEU student, 2018
  • Jessica Barthel – Confluence REEU student, 2018
  • Romina Benitez – StREAM REU student, 2013
  • Cameron Bermand – Undergraduate researcher and SURF Fellow 2018-2019
  • Catie Cappellin – MS Student, 2017-2019; Undergraduate researcher 2015-2017
  • Steve DeVilbiss – PhD student, 2017-2020
  • Ndeye Helene Diallo-Diagne – MS student, 2014-16
  • Dan Flannery – Undergraduate researcher 2013-2015
  • Josh Franklin – Undergraduate researcher and research technician, 2013-2016
  • Christine Hart – StREAM REU student, 2014
  • Izzy Largen – Confluence REEU student, 2019
  • Sarah Medley – StREAM REU student, 2014
  • Tim Neher – Undergraduate researcher 2013-2015
  • Tessa Naughton-Rockwell – Undergraduate researcher, 2019-2020
  • Megan Orentas – Undergraduate researcher 2014-2015
  • Kestrel Owens – Confluence REEU student, 2019
  • Autumn Peterson – Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2020
  • Caleb Ring – Confluence REEU student, 2018
  • Nidal Sarsour – Undergraduate researcher, 2013-14
  • Richard Sawyer – MAOP summer intern, 2013
  • Erin Schaberg – StREAM REU student, 2013
  • Crystal Smitherman – MAOP summer intern, 2014
  • Andrea Stewart – StREAM REU student, 2014
  • Shan Sun – PhD Student, 2013-17
  • Regan Wagner – Undergraduate researcher, 2015-2017
  • Emily von Wagoner – StREAM REU student, 2013
  • Lucas Waller – Research faculty 2018-2019; MS student 2016-2018