Alonso Favela

Assistant Professor - School of Plant Sciences, Marley 341B

Educational Background

  • B.S. University of Arizona, Biology
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
  • USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, Rules of Life, University of California Irvine

Research Interests

  • Microbial Contributions to Climate Change Resilience and Sustainability
  • Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology of Agroecosystems
  • Microbiome Assembly and Function of the Plant Rhizosphere
  • Ecosystem Cycling of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Water
  • Genomic Biodiversity and Domestication

Selected Publications

Favela, Alonso, Martin O. Bohn, and Angela D. Kent. "Application of plant extended phenotypes to manage the agricultural microbiome belowground." Frontiers in Microbiomes 2 (2023): 1157681.
Favela, Martin O. Bohn, and Angela D. Kent. "N-cycling microbiome recruitment differences between modern and wild Zea mays." Phytobiomes Journal 6.2 (2022): 151-160.
Favela, Alonso, Martin O. Bohn, and Angela D. Kent. "Maize germplasm chronosequence shows crop breeding history impacts recruitment of the rhizosphere microbiome." The ISME Journal 15.8 (2021): 2454-2464.
York, Larry M., et al. "Bioenergy Underground: Challenges and opportunities for phenotyping roots and the microbiome for sustainable bioenergy crop production." The Plant Phenome Journal 5.1 (2022): e20028.
Capel, Samantha, et al. "Education in the Anthropocene: assessing planetary health science standards in the USA." Proc. R. Soc. B. (2023) 2902023097520230975

Research Areas

  • Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental and Stress Biology
  • Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology
  • Microbiology