Adaptive radiation Evolution of individuality Evolutionary genetics Ecological genetics Infectious disease

Rainey Lab Research

Our work focuses on evolutionary process, particularly, but not exclusively, evolution by natural selection. Our work is both theoretical and empirical and makes use of microbial populations in order to observe and dissect evolution in real time. A growing fascination is the evolutionary origins of multicellularity. Other interests include the ecological significance of diversity in natural microbial populations; evolutionary processes determining patterns of diversity in space and time; and the genetics and fitness consequences of traits that enhance ecological performance in populations of plant-colonizing bacteria. In reality, there is not much that we don't get interested in: ecological stoichiometry; the causes of regulatory complexity; new approaches to killing bugs; phage; vibrios and their association with anemones (and phage). The more curious the better.


Above: a wrinkly spreader.. browse our research pages for more surprising microbial curiosities!