Lizzy Wilbanks (Homepage)Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara
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Research interests: Microbial ecology and biogeochemistry
My research examines how the ecology of microorganisms influences their evolution and drives nutrient cycling in marine environments. At present, our research is focused the influence of spatial structure on the ecophysiology and evolution of microbes in marine aggregates and biofilms. Our work with the SBC-LTER focuses on characterizing the giant kelp microbiome and the microbiome’s influence the flux of dissolved organic carbon from giant kelp. Other projects include examining the biogeography and population genomics of kelp-associated bacteria to assess the drivers of species distributions and phenotypic variation between kelp ecotypes.