I gave a keynote address on “Development and evolution of Volvox and related algae” at the Phycomorph Second Working Group Meeting in Limassol, Cyprus on September 30th. Phycomorph is a European research group concerned with macroalgal reproduction and development. I had a great time and learned a ton about development in brown, red, and ulvophyte green algae.
The Herron Lab at Georgia Tech studies various aspects of the evolutionary origins of multicellularity through a combination of experimental, theoretical, and comparative approaches. Our main model systems are the volvocine algae (Volvox and kin) and their close unicellular relative, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
Kimberly Chen, a grad student in Greg Velicer’s lab, will be joining Team Chlamy as a NASA Astrobiology Institute postdoc at the end of summer. Kimberly’s PhD work involves small RNAs that control fruiting body development in myxobacteria, and she is broadly interested in questions related to social evolution (for example, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790314000049).