Elizabeth Borer

Prof. Elizabeth Borer


Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands



What will future Earth look like and how will it function? I’m working to understand how global changes will impact things like plant, animal, and microbial diversity, disease transmission, and carbon flux and storage under future conditions.


Elizabeth Borer, an honorary NIOO fellow, is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Wardle Chair for Microbial Ecology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, USA. Borer’s research focuses on quantifying how global changes, including land clearing, atmospheric pollution, and species invasions and extinctions, change the composition and function of the world's ecosystems. She studies the effects of these human changes on plant and animal biodiversity, ecosystem processes, disease transmission, and the identity and function of microbes inhabiting individuals (the "microbiome").