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B.S., University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 2012
The Harcombe lab researches microbial community dynamics and how those dynamics can be linked to metabolic processes. We use a synthetic cooperative microbial system with known metabolic interactions to ask ecological and evolutionary questions. Specifically, I will explore how cooperative and competitive microbial communities respond to bacteriophage attack, if community context influences evolution of resistance to lytic bacteriophage, and whether resulting community dynamics and resistance evolution can be linked to underlying microbial metabolic processes.