Lydia Bourouiba
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
Research interest: Elucidating the fluid dynamics of leaf-to-leaf microbial transmission through airborne droplets


David Armitage
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Confronting and Resolving the Issues of Scale in Microbial Community Ecology

Brian Bailey
University of California, Davis, CA
High-Resolution Modeling Tools for Understanding Plant System Architectural Impacts on Pathogen Development

Maria Brandl
USDA-ARS, Albany, CA
Formation of E. coli Persister Cells in the Lettuce Phyllosphere and Associated Environmental Stressors Predicted by Mathematical Modeling

Tom Buckley

University of California, Davis, CA
Research interest: Physiology, ecology and biophysics of plant responses and adaptations to environmental stress and change

Posy Busby
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Research interest: Assembly and function of non-pathogenic fungi on and in plants and their influence on plant disease severity

Aurélien Carlier
Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes (LIPME), INRAE, Toulouse, France; Ghent University, Belgium
Mechanisms Underpinning the Vertical Transmission of Leaf Endophytic Bacteria

Morgan Carter
The University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
The Microbiomes of Microbes

Robin Choudhury

University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, TX
Epidemiology in the Phyllosphere: Modeling Spatio-Temporal Dynamics at a Micro Scale

Magalie Guilhabert

Microbial Research Technologies, Crop Science at Bayer, Sacramento, CA

Nadav Kashtan
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Life on a Leaf: Microscopic Surface Wetness as a Key Determinant Shaping Microbial Ecology of the Phyllosphere


Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Unraveling Moss-Microbe Interactions Across Host Species and Stem Depth

Mitja Remus-Emsermann
Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
It Takes More Than Two to Tango? A Bottom-Up Investigation of Bacterial Leaf Community Assemblages


This list of confirmed speakers is updated regularly;  more names and titles to come!

Rishi Bhandari
Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
Resilience of Microbial Community Associated with Phyllosphere in Response to Biotic and Abiotic stress

Benjamin Daniel
Institute of Microbiology, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
Generation and Experimental Validation of WISH-Tags for Tracking Bacterial Populations

Gwyn Beattie
Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Light as an Anticipatory Signal for Environmental Water Loss in Pseudomonas syringae

Gina Chaput
Genome Center, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Metagenomic Bycatch: Bacterial Metagenomic Assembled Genomes (MAGs) Extracted From a Global Seagrass (Zostera marina) Genome Sequencing Effort

Yuti Cheng
Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Identification and Characterization of a Dysbiosis Mutant in Arabidopsis

Gitta Coaker
Department of Plant Pathology, University of California – Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Single-cell Resolution of the Plant Response to Bacterial Infection

Megan Dixon
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI, USA
Infection’s Slippery Slope: Impacts of Xanthomonas gardneri on Apoplast Nutrients

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu
Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
Developing Phyllosphere Microbial Community-Based Disease Suppression

Maria Faticov
Sherbrooke University, Sherbrooke, Canada/Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Foliar Fungal Communities under Urban Stress

Linda Gouka
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, The Netherlands
Genetic, Phenotypic and Metabolic Diversity of Yeasts from Wheat Flag Leaves

Jacob Heil
Boise State University, Boise, ID, USA
Change in the Sagebrush Phyllosphere with Time and Climate

Annika Hoffmann
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany
A Race against Time – Priority Effects in Co-inoculation of Fusarium, Alternaria, and Pseudomonas in the Phyllosphere of Wheat

Geneviève Lajoie
Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Plant-Bacteria Associations are Phylogenetically Structured in the Phyllosphere

Steve Lindow
University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
The Yea and Nay of Spray-and-Pray in Phyllosphere Experiments

Maria Marco
Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California – Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Kimchi, Kocho, Kraut: Intra- and Inter-species Diversity of Microbes that Make Tasty Foods

Neil McRoberts
Department of Plant Pathology, University of California – Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Foundational Theories of Community Ecology in the Age of Biome Research

Marco Mechan Llontop
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA/Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, East Lansing, MI, USA
Stress-Specialized Phyllosphere Exudates Select for Distinct Microbiome Members in Sorghum Epicuticular Wax and Aerial Root Mucilage

Kyle Meyer
Department of Integrative Biology, University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
The Impact of Transmission Within versus Among Host Plant Species on Microbiome Diversity and Adaptation

Luke Moe
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
Microbial Ecology of Retting Hemp

Cindy Morris
INRAE-PACA, Plant Pathology Research Unit, Montfavet, France
The Great Pretender: the Lichen
Peltigera Provides a Leaf-Like Habitat for Iceland’s Unique Genetic Lines of Pseudomonas syringae

Alan Pacheco
Institute of Microbiology, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
Quantifying the Role of Resource Competition in Determining Phyllosphere Microbiome Structure

Letizia Pondini
The University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Investigating the Impact of Road Traffic Pollution on Antimicrobial Resistance of Phyllosphere Microbial Communities

Yasuyoshi Sakai
Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Distribution and Survival Strategy of Methylotrophs in the Phyllosphere

Efthymia Symeonidi
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
Leveraging Functional Genomics and Population Genetics to Identify Genetic Barriers to Pathogen Colonization of the Phyllosphere

Rachel Vannette
Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of California – Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Relative Roles of Habitat Filtering and Dispersal in Shaping the Flower Microbiome in Epilobium canum

Julia Vorholt
Institute of Microbiology, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
“Biochemical Virtuosi of the Living World”: How Methylotrophs Got Me into Phyllosphere Science

 Zihui Wang
Département des Sciences Biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Diversity and Biogeography of Leaf-associated Bacteria along a Latitudinal Gradient