Jason Oliver, Ph.D. lives in and is from the beautiful Finger Lakes region of rural upstate New York. He is a microbiologist with special interests in the 1) interactions of decay fungi with forest systems and 2) the functional role of fungal-microbial communities in biofilter systems. As a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University working with the Dairy and Environmental Systems team, Jason is applying his expertise in microbial biocatalysis to research on biological scrubbers for anaerobic digester gas, antimicrobial resistance and dairy manure treatment systems, and woodchip bioreactors for farm runoff. He also continues to study fungal decay and biogeochemical cycling and is a collaborator on the long-term SPRUCE climate change study.
Jason received his Ph.D. in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2015, his M.S. in Ecology & Environmental Science from the University of Maine in 2008, and his B.S. in Environmental & Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in 2006. Outside of academia, Jason has worked as an environmental microbiologist and on several livestock, dairy, vegetable and mushroom farms. Outside of work, you can find Jason with his wife, Amy, and their dogs at their farm, in their garden, or in the woods and pastures of the region.