Andrew Moeller gave a talk at UC Davis Tuesday on “The evolution of the human gut microbiome”. He is a post doc at UC Berkeley working in the Nachman lab. I did not have a working computer so – gasp – I took notes with paper and pen. The talk was quite interesting and I thought some people might find some parts of interest. So I am posting the notes here. I note – I talked to him a bit about adding more of a “Built Environment” component to some of his work and I hope he does. That is kind of a new mission of mine and microBEnet’s – to reach out to microbiome and microbial ecology researchers and see if there is a useful way for them to add a BE component to their work.
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.