Lab news

The UCI Microbial Ecology group is recruiting! Multiple postdoc and graduate student positions are available to work on our DOE funded project "Microbes in a Changing Environment." See the ad here.

Quantifying the resilience of microbial communities in the field - new paper in ISME Journal.

New paper on viral ecotypes in Environmental Microbiology.

Lisa and Rich's paper on host-derived genes in cyanophages is out in Virology.

Alex and Michaeline presented posters at the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics meeting.

2X congratulations to Michaeline: She received a DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award and a Poster Award at the Arrowhead meeting.

Michaeline and Alex write for the Microbial Olympics!

Research Overview

Our lab studies the generation and maintenance of microbial diversity and its consequences for ecosystem functioning. In the past, we have focused on characterizing patterns of microbial diversity (biogeographic patterns).
We are now turning our attention to experimentally testing the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms generating these patterns and whether this variation in microbial composition affects ecosystem functioning.

We study all sorts of microbes such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi in a variety of ecosystems. Depending on the question, we also apply a range of approaches, including experimental evolution, field experiments, and greenhouse microcosms. We often use molecular genetic approaches to characterize microbial diversity (from PCR and cloning to whole genome sequencing and functional metagenomics), with the goal of linking this genetic diversity to phenotypic traits and ecosystem functioning.

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