We are interested in the genetics of adaptation. Our approach is to grow populations of yeast (and other microbes) for 1000’s of generations in a variety of environments, observing evolution as it happens. With the tools of whole genome sequencing, statistics and genetic engineering we figure out the rules of how new mutations can shape a better adapted organism. 

Lab News

July 27th, 2019

A new review paper published in EMBO report, Microbial Experimental Evolution – a proving ground for evolutionary theory and a tool for discovery


June 26th, 2019

A new paper published in The ISME Journal (2019), Diverse hydrogen production and consumption pathways influence methane production in ruminants


March 22nd, 2019

Welcome to our new PhD student Gareth!


September 2018

Mike visits the Max Planck Institute in Plön and Evolution 2018 in Montpellier to give talks. 


November 12th, 2017

The lab is awarded a Discovery Grant by the ARC, looking forward to our new collaboration with Kat Holt