News from the Herr Laboratory

Alex Presents at the Nebraska Summer Research Symposium

Josh Herr
07 August 2019


Alex (short for Alexandra) has been one of our DOE Bioenergy REU this summer. We couldn’t have asked for a more awesome lab visitor. I (Josh) was super excited to host Alex because she is a student in the Biochemistry Department at Virginia Tech – the same department I got my undergraduate degree. Alex jumped in a worked with Erin Carr and Herr Lab collaborator Wayne Riekhof in studying the plant growth stimulation capabilities of different Methylobacterium strains isolated from soil, soil crusts, plants, and a dirty stream across the street!


Here’s Alex discussing her poster with laboratory mentor Erin Carr.

We had a great summer REU research symposium today!

Pizza! Thais passed her comprehensive exam!

Josh Herr
10 June 2019


Thais passed her comprehensive exam today and, although not all of us were available, we headed out for laboratory pizza dinner at Yia-Yia’s. We had a great time celebrating Thais’s accomplishments and greeting our summer research visitors: Alex, Emma, and Seth!

Timothy successfully defends his MS thesis!

Josh Herr
29 October 2018


We had a great lab outing tonight at Hop Cat to celebrate the successful defense of my first graduate student, Timothy! Congratulations Timothy!

Laboratory Trivia Night

Josh Herr
04 June 2018


We were a slim group, but we’ve been putting our best mental feet forward to tackle team trivia at The Happy Raven. We were in the lead until the picture trivia round when we had to identify Victoria Secret models by name – we didn’t get any of those questions correct! Even Twister came out to help with trivia tonight!

Congratulations to Ashley!

Josh Herr
20 November 2017


We’re excited to wish PhD student Ashley Stengel a sincere congratulations for her National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Awardd Honorable Mention. She’s been highlighted by the university for her efforts. We’re a little bummed out her fellowship was not funded, but going through the grant writing process was a great one. Here’s to the glass being half-full!

Sunday With A Scientist

Josh Herr
17 September 2017

Today, The Herr lab led a group of plant root and soil scientists to spend the afternoon at Morrill Hall (at The University of Nebraska State Museum) in their Sunday With A Scientist series. This is a great series of Monthly science events with a specific focus that is fostered for Broader Impacts by UNL’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

Our topic was The Jungle Beneath Our Feet.

The Herr Lab, who is affiliated with the Center for Root and Rhizobiome Innovation was joined by other researchers and scientists from the collective. We were there to help visitors to the museum learn more about plant roots, soil, and microbes in agriculture. We set up displays and participated in hands-on activities including examining soil microbes under a microscope and comparing root structures from different crop plants.


Here’s a few of the participants during the cleanup for the event! We were proud to hold a poster drawn by children who attended the event and who communicated about what they learned. We had a great time! See here for the Press Release for the event!

Here’s some more photos from the event: