Jacob Robertson

PhD Student | UC San Diego | jmrobert@ucsd.edu


In my research, I aim to deepen our understanding of microbial traits relevant to large-scale ecosystem processes, drawing on a background that includes microbial ecology, genetics, and microscopy. Joining PriME in the Hwa lab has given me the opportunity to pursue this aim–I have been investigating the condition-dependent aggregation and disaggregation behavior of an isolate of Alteromonas, a ubiquitous marine genus that is frequently found to be enriched in particle-associated bacterial communities. This work has the potential to reveal how this and other particle-associated strains of marine bacteria use environmental cues to balance the nutrient benefit of POM colonization/aggregation with the

Research Interests

Aggregation, Biofilms, Physiology, Microscopy, Quantitative Biology

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Jacob Robertson