Work Plant Sciences Hall (PLSH) 422
Lincoln NE 68583-0722
Work 402-472-1352 On campus, dial 2-1352
Dr. Herr is a microbial ecologist and computational biologist. He has broad interests, from the genomics and biology of mycorrhizal fungi in the soil to the diversity of viruses on human skin. Most of what unifies the research in the laboratory is a focus on new nucleotide sequencing technologies utilizing large amounts of short and long read data. Dr. Herr grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and understands the importance of agriculture, so the research that he conducts in his laboratory is always focused on the mission of the land-grant university that is University of Nebraska.


  • BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1999
  • MS, University of Wyoming, 2002
  • Ph D, Pennsylvania State University, 2013


  • PLPT 892, Special Topics in Plant Pathology; Microbial Ecol & Metagenomics, Spring 2019
  • PLPT 892, Special Topics in Plant Pathology; Journal Club, Spring 2019

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Community-driven Metadata Standards for Agricultural Microbiome Research, Phytobiomes Journal
  • Sequence-based classification and identification of Fungi, MYCOLOGIA
  • Genome of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus provides insight into the oldest plant symbiosis, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Human Virome, Dept of Justice-Natl Inst of Justice, January 2020
  • RII Track-1: CRRI, NSF-EPSCoR, June 2016
  • Biology of Fungal-Algal Mutualisms, NASA, September 2017

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