The microbiome is arguably one of the hottest areas in biology today. On March 28, 2015, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan recognized the basic sciences of this burgeoning discipline and hosted an exciting international symposium for young scientists about the ecological and evolutionary processes of the microbiome. Several early career scientists who are at the forefront of studying ecosystems within organisms were invited to present their work and to participate in panel discussions. A summary of the event's common themes, advantages for young scientists, and future outlook can be found at the University of Michigan's Program in Biology site. The early career presenters were Drs. Katherine Amato, Justine Garcia, Andrea Jani, Kevin Kohl, Angela Poole, Rachel Vannette, Kelly Weinersmith. The keynote speakers were Georgianna May and myself. I really enjoyed talking with everyone, and it appears that Georgianna and I may embark on a publication together as a result of this meeting. Meeting host Kevin Theis and I are also writing a paper entitled Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: Ten Principles of the Hologenome. More to come.
I lost my voice the day before this seminar, so raspy and all....I talk about Charles Darwin, Ivan Wallin, The Modern Synthesis, and how the microbiome fits seamlessly into the origin of species.