I study interactions between ecology, evolution, and physiology in variable and changing environments, using math, statistics, and experiments. One of my favorite parts of science is collaborating – please contact me if you’re interested in my research, or have ideas or data you’d like to discuss!
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Email: colin (dot] kremer (at] uconn (dot] edu
I am a quantitative evolutionary ecologist interested the causes of variation in individual life histories, and the consequences of this variation for populations. My dissertation research in the Gillooly lab at the University of Florida focused on broad-scale variability in life histories and population dynamics, including variation across large temperature gradients and diverse species. In the Kremer lab, I’m examining how individual phytoplankton respond to changes in temperature, and how these responses affect population dynamics.
I am a microbial evolutionary biologist interested in what can affect evolvability –the ability of populations to adapt. I prefer to take an integrative approach by combining experiments in the lab with mathematical models. I performed my dissertation work in the Yeh lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. I examined the interactions within antibiotic combinations (typically, combinations with three or more antibiotics) and the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. In the Kremer lab, I am interested in how the life history traits of phytoplankton (mortality rates in particular) are affected by temperature and how these traits can influence the adaptation rates of populations.
Brandon Chan – PhD Student
brandon (dot] w (dot] chan (at] uconn (dot] edu
I study how phytoplankton and bacteria interactions are impacted by the effects of climate change and the consequences for their environment and their ecosystem. In particular, I’m interested in how phytoplankton and bacteria mutualisms are impacted by warming temperatures. I also examine antibiotic resistance in marine bacteria and how this affects bacteria thermal tolerance.
Hannah Larson – PhD Student
hannah (dot] larson (at] uconn (dot] edu
I am broadly interested in using quantitative methods to study the effects of environmental changes on species interactions within communities. My work currently investigates the effects of these environmental factors on negative population growth processes, such as mortality and dormancy.
Maya Chari – Variation in phytoplankton thermal performance traits
Aarshi Jain – Modeling the coevolution of phytoplankton-bacteria mutualisms
Alice Simon – Phytoplankton culturing & incubator design
Piper Wallingford – Postdoctoral Associate (2020-22) – now at The Nature Conservancy
Amanda Klingler – M.S. student (2021-22) – now at University of Denver
Kelsey Warren – Undergrad – Predicting phytoplankton phenology in the CA current system