Bianca studies the microbiome dynamics of small mammals in a tractable yet perturbed system in Kenya. Her goal is to use microbial changes to understand species' diet and health in anthropogenic challenged environments. She has characterized the microbiome a plethora of small mammals species. From her studies, she has identified species-specific differences, evolutionary trends, and host environment influences on the microbiome. The synthesis of her thesis is expected to inform how microbiome changes may play a role in the conservation of species.