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.