Lab news

Congratulations to Kristin, who defended her PhD!
We will miss her as she starts her new position at UC San Francisco.

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Congrats also to Neiki Amiri-Razavian for presenting her poster at the undergrad research symposium (and for graduating).

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Alex Chase is in Costa Rica on an OTS Tropical Biology course.

Michaeline received an honorable mention for her GRFP proposal.

Recent publication news

Jen writes about microbial dispersal.

Two new papers about the response of microbial diversity to global change in ISME Journal from Kristin Matulich and Anthony Amend.

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Research Overview

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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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