Microbial communities contain many evolving and interacting species, which makes them difficult to understand and predict. The Foster lab applies ecological and evolutionary approaches to break down this complexity. Using a combination of theory and experiment, we study how bacteria cooperate and compete in order to succeed in their communities. We also studies the ecological networks formed by interacting bacteria, with the goal of predicting and manipulating gut communities for better health. DPhils could entail empirical work, theoretical work, or both and the exact topic is open for discussion.
Qualifications and Experience
Undergraduate and graduate teaching in zoology, biochemistry and pathology. Supervised >10 DPhil students to completion.
Personal Research Keywords
Evolution, Community Ecology, Bacteria, Microbiome, Theory