Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Morris studied aquatic ecology with Joseph Dirnberger at Kennesaw State University in North Georgia as an undergraduate before moving into marine microbiology during his graduate studies at the University of Tennessee under Dr. Erik Zinser. He was a NASA Astrobiology Institute postdoctoral fellow working in Richard Lenski’s lab at Michigan State University until 2014, where he studied the role of reductive evolution in structuring microbial communities.

    Jeff is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He brews his own beer and mead and entertains himself in his spare time listening to very loud and unpleasant music. He’s very happily married to an organic farmer and has two children, Hippolyta and Eirik. Jeff Tweets about microbiology, evolution, and academic life at @ASDarwinist.
  • Research Overview

  • Our research focuses on the base of the marine food web — microbial photosynthetic organisms called phytoplankton. We’re interested in how ecology and evolution intertwine to determine these organisms’ fates, and consequently, the fates of the vast communities they feed.

    Our researchers make organisms evolve in the lab. We also get on boats and study our favorite green critters in their native habitats: some of the most exotic environments in the world. We leverage our skills in molecular biology and computation to try to predict what our world will look like 100 years from now.

    Ongoing projects in the lab include experimental investigations of the Black Queen Hypothesis, which is a new theory of evolution that predicts that cooperation can evolve in communities that depend on “leaky” biological functions. We’re also interested in using laboratory evolution to find out how quickly important marine algal species can adapt to the changes humans are causing to their environments. One very new direction is the use of polar ice cores to find microbial fossils that allow us to study evolution over the past 100,000 years or so, including how bacteria have adapted to previous bouts of climate change (such as the ice ages). We’re very open-minded — if you’ve got research interests in microbial evolution and are looking for a lab to work in, send us an email at evolve@uab.edu and tell us your crazy ideas!

    Experimental Evolution, Phytoplankton Ecophysiology, Discovery-based Microbiology Education
  • Teaching Activities

  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Fall Term 2017)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Spring Term 2015)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Spring Term 2016)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Spring Term 2017)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Spring Term 2020)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Spring Term 2021)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Summer Term 2017)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Summer Term 2018)
  • BY271 - Biology of Microorganisms (Summer Term 2019)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Spring Term 2018)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Spring Term 2018)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Spring Term 2018)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Spring Term 2020)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Spring Term 2020)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Spring Term 2020)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Summer Term 2018)
  • BY271L - Biology of Microorganisms Lab (Summer Term 2019)
  • BY397 - Advanced Directed Readings (Fall Term 2015)
  • BY397 - Advanced Directed Readings (Summer Term 2017)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2016)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2018)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2021)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2015)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2016)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2018)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2019)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2022)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2015)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2016)
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2017)
  • BY405 - Microbial Physiology (Fall Term 2018)
  • BY407 - Microbial Ecology (Fall Term 2019)
  • BY429 - Intro to Evolutionary Process (Fall Term 2016)
  • BY429 - Intro to Evolutionary Process (Fall Term 2020)
  • BY429 - Intro to Evolutionary Process (Fall Term 2021)
  • BY429 - Intro to Evolutionary Process (Spring Term 2019)
  • BY429 - Intro to Evolutionary Process (Spring Term 2022)
  • BY491 - Biology Capstone - Evolution (Fall Term 2016)
  • BY491 - Biology Capstone - Evolution (Fall Term 2020)
  • BY491 - Biology Capstone - Evolution (Fall Term 2021)
  • BY491 - Biology Capstone - Evolution (Spring Term 2019)
  • BY491 - Biology Capstone - Evolution (Spring Term 2022)
  • BY605 - Microbial Physiology (Fall Term 2018)
  • BY607 - Microbial Ecology (Fall Term 2021)
  • BY607 - Microbiology Ecology (Fall Term 2019)
  • BY629 - Evolutionary Biology (Fall Term 2016)
  • BY629 - Evolutionary Biology (Fall Term 2020)
  • BY629 - Evolutionary Biology (Fall Term 2021)
  • BY629 - Evolutionary Biology (Spring Term 2019)
  • BY629 - Evolutionary Biology (Spring Term 2022)
  • BY696 - Special Topics in Biology II (Spring Term 2021)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2016)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2018)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2019)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2019)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2020)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2021)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2022)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2017)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2019)
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2020)
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Summer Term 2020)
  • BY796 - Special Topics in Biology II (Spring Term 2021)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2019)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2021)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2018)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2020)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2021)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2022)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2018)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2019)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2020)
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2021)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2019)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2019)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2020)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2021)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2022)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2019)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2020)
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2021)
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Science or Mathematics in Microbiology, University of Tennessee System : Knoxville 2011
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biology, Kennesaw State University 2006
  • Full Name

  • Jeffrey Morris