Cristina Herren

Cristina Herren

Herren
I’m broadly interested in combining statistics, mathematical models, and experiments to study complex biological systems that are not easily deconstructed into separate parts. My current research investigates how microbial communities assemble and change, and whether these processes are predictable. While completing my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I worked in a number of varied ecosystems (studying biofilms, flies, zooplankton, and aquatic bacteria) with the goal of understanding what drives the abundances of populations over time. I also enjoy the statistical challenges presented by the new kinds of data generated while studying microbial communities. I believe that microbial ecology lies at the intersection of ecological theory, microbial systems, and applied statistics. My research touches on all these themes – during the course of applying ecological theory to microbial ecosystems, I often end up developing new statistical methods for these novel datasets.

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310 Countway Medical Library
10 Shattuck Street
Boston MA 02115