Well, I wish I had known that this was going to happen: Need to Know: Innovations in building science | Al Jazeera America. If I had known I would have tried to add a microbial sampling component to the visit to the UC Davis West Davis Village by Phil Torres and Cara Santa Maria. Anyway – lots and lots of innovating building design going on around the world and good to see UC Davis getting some coverage for it’s efforts.
I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities). In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.