Jeffrey Morris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at BirminghamJeffrey Morris’s website

Jeff Morris received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Tennessee in 2011, where he studied the interactions between phytoplankton and algae under Dr. Erik Zinser. He then did a postdoc at Michigan State with Rich Lenski, where he developed the “Black Queen Hypothesis” to explain how reductive evolution can lead to ecological marketplace exchanges. As a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Morris continues to study the evolution and ecology of algal-bacterial interactions and microbial markets. He is also a champion of undergraduate education reform, especially the use of authentic practices and “real research” in teaching laboratories. Outside of the laboratory, he is a brewer, a guitarist, and a farmhand for his wife Laura’s community-supported agriculture operation.

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