Nice article about the MBL Microbial Diversity course and Diane Newman, it’s new director, the in MBL Catalyst Magazine. The full PDF of the magazine is here. I have scanned in the part about the course from my copy of the Catalyst. I hope they don’t mind. The course is, in my mind, one of the single most important activities in the entire field of microbial diversity. So many people have had their education and careers transformed by this course (including many people in my lab).
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.