The Microbial Evolutionary Ecology lab investigates how interactions between species and their environment shape how microbial communities work. Our ultimate goal is to predict how microbial communities respond to environmental change by gaining general insights into the interplay between ecological and evolutionary dynamics.

To achieve this goal, we combine diverse approaches such as experimental evolution of synthetic communities, whole genome sequencing, single-cell physiology and mathematical modelling.

Our lab is part of the Center for Evolutionary Genetics and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Irvine. The EEB department has both a strong community of evolutionary biologist and microbial ecologists. In addition, there is a thriving community of microbiome researchers on campus. If you are Interested in microbial eco-evolutionary dynamics, we would love to hear from you!


September 2019. Derek’s farewell lunch. Derek goes back to UC Santa Barbara to finish his undergraduate studies.