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.