I am a Ph.D student in the Department of Biology at Syracuse University. My research interests include plant ecophysiology, fungal biology, symbioses, and plant-microbe interactions. My dissertation will focus on (1) how alpine plant and microbial communities respond to changes in water availability, temperature, and carbon dioxide, and (2) climate effects on eco-evolutionary feedbacks between host plants and microbial communities. I hold a Master’s degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Arizona. I have experience working in industry studying plant microbiomes in the agriculture sector as well as developing fungal biotechnologies.

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Biotic Interactions, Environmental Plant Biology, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Education and Outreach, Ecophysiology, Ecology, Computational Biology


Araldi-Brondolo SJ, Spraker J, Shaffer JP, Woytenko EH, Baltrus DA, Gallery RE, and Arnold, AE. (2017) Bacterial endosymbionts: master modulators of fungal phenotypes. Microbiology Spectrum, 5(5).

Arendt K, Hockett K, Araldi-Brondolo S, Baltrus D, and Arnold AE. (2016) Isolation of endohyphal bacteria from foliar fungi and in vitro establishment of their symbiotic associations. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82(10), 2943-2949.

Volunteer Activities

Westcott Community Center After School Program, Biology Department Science Seminars, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education