Researching coevolution, sometimes without knowing it, since 2002.
Motivated by patterns of relatedness among virus-infected and resistant strains of cheese-producing bacteria, I moved from the dairies of Wisconsin back to academia to ask basic questions about what produces and maintains diversity in the natural world.
Here, I'm using experimental evolution of the bacterium E. coli and the virus bacteriophage Lambda, I study interactions between hosts and their parasites. My current work focuses on how community dynamics can alter the adaptive landscapes that lead to evolutionary novelty.
[Sept. 28, 2016] Published today, "Host coevolution alters the adaptive landscape of a virus" with Justin Meyer and my advisor Richard Lenski at Proceedings B. Freely accessible: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/283/1839/20161528. [Sept. 21, 2016] New paper out today with the Parent Lab at MSU: Experimentally evolved phage Sf6 have genome reductions, Genome Biology and Evolution. [August 12, 2016] Convening a symposium at the 2016 BEACON Congress: "Can We Evolution-Proof Antibiotics?" Answer: No, but we can try to slow it!
[June 17-22, 2016] I'll be at the Evolution Conference, presenting research on host resistance tradeoffs and coevolution.
[May 17, 2016] My awesome undergrad assistant Rachel Sullivan graduates from MSU, headed to Genetics Counseling School next fall. Congrats, Rachel!
[April 9-May 15] Visiting Dom Schneider's group in Grenoble, FR to present my science, work on genome editing, and hike in the Alps.
[April 8, 2016] MSU undergraduate Rachel Sullivan is presenting our work on virus evolution at MSU's UURAF program!
[Mar 28, 2016] Giving a Work In Progress Seminar to the Microbiology Department at Michigan State: 12pm 1425 BPS. "Evolution and Extinction in Experimental Communities of Bacteria and Phage."
[Apr 25, 2014] Rachel Sullivan (my awesome undergraduate research assistant) won the MMG Department's Gloss Award. Congratulations, Rachel! Picture of us at the award ceremony posted here.
[Apr 14, 2014] Presented at the Microbiology Department's Bad Bug Club lunch seminar series: Perceptions, Explanations, and the Language of Microbial Evolution.
[Oct 22, 2013] My younger brother earns his G.E.D. Congrats to Mike!
[Oct 7, 2013] Successfully passed my Ph.D. preliminary exam!
[Aug 12-15, 2013] Evolution in Action BEACON Congress at Michigan State! MSU undergraduate Rachel Sullivan presented a poster and lightning talk on our virus life history trait evolution project. I presented a short research talk and education project poster.
[Jul 20-26, 2013] Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Microbial Population Biology. I'll be presenting a poster on host-parasite coevolution.
[June 21-25, 2013] Evolution Conference at Snowbird, Utah. I'll be presenting a poster and a short talk, and checking out the Rocky Mountain landscape!
[May 7-8, 2013] MSU is hosting a STEM Mini-Conference. I'll be co-presenting a poster, "Microbial Evolution in Action: From Classroom to Career."