Nicholas Matzke, a graduate student in Professor John Huelsenbeck's lab, is the focus of a recent Berkeley NewsCenter article on his research estimating the dates when bacteria invaded early one-celled eukaryotes, a process which led to a symbiotic relationship that resulted in today's mitochondria (in animals) and chloroplasts (in plants).
Growing up in land-locked Colorado, my childhood experiences involved more snowmen than sand-castles. Although my interactions with the ocean were limited, my fascination with the marine world grew exponentially with every exposure. After becoming SCUBA certified at the age of 15, diving became an integral part of my life, leading me to become an instructor in Zanzibar, Tanzania. After living in Africa and Australia, I conducted research on artificial coral reef systems in Indonesia, assessing the relationship between structural characteristics and diversity.