Dr. Eardly is a Professor of Biology at Penn State Berks. Eardly's research involves the use of DNA sequence-based analyses to investigate how evolutionary forces (mutation, selection, recombination, and genetic drift) influence the genetic structure in naturally occurring populations of soil bacteria. His research involves collaborations with scientists from the USDA, as well as scientists in England, Finland, China, and New Zealand. Results to-date have resulted in the recognition of at least two new species of the soil bacterium Rhizobium, and the results have also stimulated a critical reassessment of criteria currently used to define species in the family Rhizobiaceae.
Golemboski, D. and B. Eardly. 2014. Draft genome sequences of respiratory and urinary tract isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii from the same patient. Genome Announc. 2:e00692-14.
van Berkum, P., P. Elia, Q. Song, and B. D. Eardly. 2012. Development and application of a multilocus sequence analysis method for the identification of genotypes within genus Bradyrhizobium and for establishing nodule occupancy of soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.). MPMI. 25:321-330.
Ph.D., Crop Science, Oregon State University, 1985
M.S., Agronomy, The Ohio State University, 1979
B.S., Agronomy, The Ohio State University, 1976