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Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology | UC Santa Barbara | Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9620

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Current research themes in the lab are inspired by several overarching questions:

How does the microscale structure of microbial food webs determine macro-scale ecosystem properties?  Can we harness such information to improve predictive models?

How do the spatial and temporal distributions of microorganisms alter their physiology, ecology, and evolution over different scales?  At what scale can we capture ecologically relevant bacterial populations?

Are theory and observations from “macrobial” ecology and evolution concordant with data from microbes?  Within the same ecosystem? Across different systems?

some current projects