Ashley Shade is an assistant professor of microbial ecology in the Departments of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin's Microbiology Doctoral Training Program, under the mentorship at Katherine D. McMahon. At Yale University, she was a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation post-doctoral fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation and conducted research under the mentorship of Jo Handelsman. Her research interests are in microbiome resistance and resilience, ecological theory for microbial communities, and systems-level interrogation of microbial communities. She currently works in environmental and plant-associated systems, and is affiliated with the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, the Plant Resilience Institute, and the Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at Michigan State.