Welcome to the Rocap lab, located in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. We study the evolution and ecology of marine bacteria and phytoplankton. We study habitats as close as Puget Sound and as far afield as the South Atlantic Ocean. The multiple projects in the lab all address common questions: How does genetic diversity arise in marine microbial populations, how is it maintained, and how does it influence ecological success.
Our lab is part of the Center for Environmental Genomics, occupying 11,000 square feet of newly renovated lab space in the Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building.