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My research explores biophysics: the ways in which physical laws and properties guide the function of living things. My lab focuses especially on the assembly of animal-associated microbial communities, which we explore using sophisticated optical microscopy and image analysis methods.  My teaching interests mostly involve courses for non-science majors (e.g. The Physics of Life, The Physics of Energy and the Environment). My “official” web page is:, my blog is , and a pop-science book I wrote about the physics that shapes the living world is at .


Ph.D. 2002, Chicago

At UO since: 2006

Field of Specialization: Biophysics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics