Jay Lennon, PhD
Professor of Biology
Host: Ford Ballantyne
Ecology will hold a reception immediately following the seminar in lobby.
Microorganisms are the most abundant and diverse life forms on Earth. They have fast reproductive rates and evolve rapidly to changes in their environment. Microbes also carry out processes that are critical for the stability of engineered, environmental, and host-associated ecosystems.
The Lennon lab studies the ecology and evolution of microbial communities. They are interested in the factors that generate and maintain microbial biodiversity. In turn, they seek to understand the implications of microbial diversity for ecosystem functioning. Their research uses various tools including molecular biology, simulation modeling, laboratory experiments, field surveys, and whole ecosystem manipulations in a wide range of habitats.