New faces: Kelle Freel

(Kelle Freel)

(Kelle Freel)

This week we’re pleased to welcome a big group of new contributors to the blog. By way of introduction, I asked each of them to answer a few quick questions about him- or herself. —Jeremy

Who are you?
Kelle C. Freel

Where are you?
I am currently living in Santa Cruz, California where I was born and raised. I attended the University of California, San Diego, and then stuck around for grad school at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After graduating, I decided to opt for an international postdoc and studied yeast population genomics in Strasbourg, France.

What do you study?
I study the phylogeny and biogeography of microbes and how distinct species fit into their ecological niche. I am interested in studying bacterial communities, and how members interact with each other as well as their environment.

What do you do when you’re not studying it?
When I’m not studying, I run, cycle, and (when I’m close to an ocean) go surfing. I also love to cook, travel, and generally have adventures.

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About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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