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, phytoplankton and their viruses. Our research explores habitats as close as Puget Sound and as far afield as the South Atlantic Ocean. A current major area of interest is microbial communities in oxygen deficient zones. 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.
We acknowledge that we live and work in the ancestral land and water of the Coast Salish people.