William Ratcliff

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Research Interests

Our group uses experimental evolution to examine the evolution of biological complexity, with a focus on multicellularity. Using baker’s yeast yeast and the algae Chlamydomonas, we are examining how unicellular organisms can evolve to form multicellular clusters, and how these clusters evolve to become more sophisticated.

Area of Specialization

Major Transitions in Evolution (mainly multicellularity). The Evolution of Cooperation. Bet Hedging / Evolution in Fluctuating Environments. The Evolution of Aging. Life Cycle Evolution.