PhD, University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, August 2012
Advisor: Dr. Paul V. Dunlap.
Dissertation: Genome reduction and evolution in an obligate luminous symbiont.
BA, Williams College, Biology, 2004, Advisor: Dr. Heather Williams.
Research Interests / Specializations:
bacterial evolution and ecology, host-microbe interactions
I am broadly interested in how host interactions shape the evolution and ecology of bacteria. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan in 2012, working with Paul Dunlap on the evolution of the luminous bacterial symbionts of flashlight fish. Currently I am a USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. I am working with Nick Mills and Steve Lindow on a system of pathogenic interactions between the plant-associated bacterium Pseudomonas syringae, and plant and insect hosts.
In addition to being a common plant pathogen, P. syringae is also a ubiquitous epiphyte on plant surfaces. It has recently been shown to grow to high numbers within some hemipteran insects, causing insect death. Insects may represent an important secondary niche and mode of dispersal for the bacteria. I use this tractable system to integrate data from genomic, experimental and field research to determine how complex host interactions shape bacterial populations, and how these interactions feedback to impact hosts.
For more information about me or my research, please see my website.
Mailing addressDepartment of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720