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Ecological dynamics depend on the complex interplay of individual physiology, population dynamics and evolution, species interactions, community structure and diversity, and ecosystem function. We explore these interactions across scales using mathematical, statistical, and experimental approaches to advance a mechanistic and predictive understanding of ecology. In pursuit of these goals, we spend a lot of time studying phytoplankton, tiny plants inhabiting lakes and oceans that play critical roles in marine food webs and global nutrient cycles.