Jared C Streich

Staff Scientist

I recently started as staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. My current research is focused on building novel phenotyping instruments with in-field data tracking systems allowing users to rapidly capture and digitized information about plant traits towards GWAS, AI algorithms, and multi-omics.

*NOTE: I appreciate recent inquiries about joining my group. However, I am not able to hire postdocs or students at this time. Thank you.

In my postdoctoral studies I worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Systems Computational Biology group of Daniel Jacobson. The Jacobson Lab takes a systems approach down to molecules, to macro scales of global climate and spectral influence on organisms and their interactions. Here, with Hari Chhetri and David Kainer, we developed Genome-Wide Association Time-series Studies where we used daily climate data to find the time-of year selection occurs on organisms. I developed QTL mapping in recombinant bacterial species of Bacillus subtilis through collaboration with the Michener lab, also at ORNL. I have built novel climate data derived from existing data sets to create physiologically meaningful global rasters. Organisms can have very specific spectral bands affecting their development and interaction with their surroundings, thus I developed an R package to calculate watts per meter squared per second across any time-course iteration of any range of spectral bands to further our understand of light quality affects on organisms.

In my PhD at Australian National University I used Brachypodium distachyon and related diploid and polyploid species as model organisms to study the underlying genetic and ploidy effects that make a species widely adapted. My efforts aid our understanding of introduced, widely adapted, and invasive plants. Based on origin tracing I predicted which genetic subgroups were most likely to become problematic, using genotyping by sequencing techniques and global climate data.

In my undergraduate I worked in two different research groups. I monitored and surveyed the reintroduction process of endangered plants and insects across landscapes. I have also worked on invasive species projects, surveying percent species cover in environmental systems in rural Oregon, US. I also worked with a team of researchers studying rare arctic lichen in rural western Washington state in the US where we assayed chemotypic and genetic diversity of four species of lichen.