Expanding the breadth of topics covered at microBEnet

Just a quick post here.  Some may have noticed that more of the posts here at microBEnet than say, a year ago, are not focused explicitly about “microbiology of the Built Environment” (MoBE).  They are instead sometimes focused on microbiology, history of microbiology, architecture, methods in microbial ecology, bioinformatics tools, and more.  There is a reason for this.  I have been asking for people to write about many of these areas.  And there is a reason I have been doing that.  Multiple people in the “MoBE” community have commented that it would be useful to have more general discussions here about not just the areas of overlap between “microbiology”
and the “built environment”, but also about each area individually.  And though I originally resisted this, I think this would be a wise thing to try to do.

So that is what I have done.  I have asked members of the MoBE communtiy to post at microBEnet about any of their work or interests, even if not about the overlap between microbiology and built environment studies.  I have also asked others who work on topics that are of importance to MoBE work to also post.  Yes, this will lead to a broadening of topics.  But I think (and hope) that will in the end be a good thing.

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Jonathan Eisen

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.