Dr. Britt Koskella
Department of Integrative Biology
3040 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Office: 5112 VLSB
Email: bkoskella (at) berkeley (dot) edu
Lab phone: (510) 664-7512 
You never know what you’ll find…

Upcoming talks and conference attendance:

Britt will be speaking at the Viral EcoGenomics and Applications (VEGA) 2018 symposium in San Francisco in March 2018 (

Britt will be visiting the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago to give a research seminar on April 9, 2018

Britt will be speaking at ASM Microbe 2018, which takes place June 7-11, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Britt will be in Europe this summer for both ISME in Leipzig (convening and speaking in a symposium on “Experimental microbial ecology and evolution”) and ESEB in Montpelier (co-organizing a symposium: “Celebrating 10 years of Evolutionary Applications and a look to the future“)

Current position: 

2015- present: Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Prior positions: 

2012-2015: NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Exeter

2010-2011:  NERC Postdoctoral Independent Research Fellow, Oxford University

2009-2010:  NSF International Research Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz

2008-2009:  NSF International Research Fellow, Oxford University

2002-2003: Full-time Research Technician, Indiana University (Lively and Delph labs)

2001-2002: Full-time Research Technician, University of Virginia (Antonovics lab)


2008: Indiana University: Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (minor in Genetics)

– National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (9/05- 8/08)

– National Institute of Health Training Grant Fellow, Molecular Science (9/04- 8/05)

– NSF IGERT Training Fellow in Evolution, Genomics and Development              (9/03- 8/04)

2001: University of Virginia: B.A. in Biology (minor in Psychology)

Professional Activities

2016-present: Associate Editor for Evolution

2016-present: Associate Editor for Evolutionary Applications

2011-15: Editorial Board member for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology 

2012-15: Research highlights editor for Evolutionary Applications

2012-2015: Member of Athena Swan self-assessment panel, University of Exeter

2012-2014: Researcher development user team leader, Cornwall Campus and member of University-wide steering group.

ESEB 2011: Co-organized symposium: “Coevolution across the parasitism-mutualism continuum.”

ESA 2010: Co-organized oral Session: “Mechanistic Assessments of the Role of Natural Enemies and Negative Frequency Dependence in Facilitating Species Coexistence.”

Reviewer for: American Naturalist, Annals of Microbiology; Applied and Environmental Microbiology; BMC Evolutionary Biology, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Current Biology, Environmental Microbiology, Evolution, Ecology Letters, Evolutionary Ecology, FEMS Microbiology Letters, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, International Journal for Parasitology, The ISME Journal, PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Molecular Ecology, Nature Communications, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Microbiology, New Phytologist, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Parasitology, TREE, Trends in Microbiology.


2018: ASM Young Investigator Award

2010: SSE Fisher Prize for outstanding Ph.D. dissertation paper in Evolution


2013: CI on NERC standard grant: “Testing the ‘Red King’: The maintenance of functional diversity of hosts and parasites.”

2013: NERC Independent Research Fellowship: “Coevolution in complex communities: exploring the formation, stability and the importance of microbial communities within their hosts.”

2013: Royal Society Research Grant to study microbes of oak trees (with Dr. Jessica Metcalf at Oxford)

2012: Researcher Development Funding for “Women in Science” workshop

2010: NERC Junior Research Fellowship: “Spatial patterns of coevolution in multi-species host-parasite interactions.”

2008: NSF International Research Grant: “The impact of environmental heterogeneity on coevolution in a tritrophic plant-bacteria-phage interaction.”

2007: NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant: “Effects of host diversity, migration, and multiple infection on the population structure of a sterilizing trematode,  Microphallus sp.” (Curtis Lively Co-PI).

Courses Taught:

2016: INTEGBI 165 – Coevolution: from genes to ecosystems (UC Berkeley)

2016: Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Microbe Interactions (IB 290 Sect. 390; co-taught with Prof Ellen Simms, UC Berkeley): Graduate seminar.

2013, 2014: Coevolutionary interactions (University of Exeter): Developed and ran a third year course exploring the role of species interactions in shaping diversity.

2010: Evolution (BioE 109, University of California, Santa Cruz) Course instructor for summer term; including development of lectures, activities, and reading groups for 46 students.

2010: Undergraduate Research in Ecology and Evolution (BioE 182,University of California, Santa Cruz) Course instructor for spring term; including lectures, activities, written essays, and one-on-one mentoring for 16 students.

2009: Evolution and Systematics (Tutor forChristchurch and Merton colleges, University ofOxford): Set up a series of essay-based discussion sections covering a range of topics from across Evolutionary Biology to prepare students for University exams.

2005: Honors Evolution (S318,Indiana University,Associate Instructor): Cooperatively led a laboratory section; developed and implemented laboratory lesson plans and assisted in exam writing and grading.

Educational Outreach

2014: Public lecture on tree health, Falmouth aquarium

2013: Developed and ran module on microbial diversity of plants for the International Student Science Fair at University of Exeter.

2013: Public lecture and activity on tree diseases for University of Exeter’s Science in the Square, Falmouth

2012: STEM Ambassador: Volunteering at public outreach events through the STEM program, and working with local schools to develop microbial diversity module.

2011: Organized mock tutorials (Oxford University) for first generation university sixth formers as part of Higher Education Access Programme for Schools (HEAPS).

2005-07: NSF funded SMIT’N  (Scientific modeling for inquiring teachers network) Biology Content Specialist (Bloomington, Indiana): Worked with K-12 teachers to integrate scientific modeling and inquiry-based learning into the curriculum.

2005-06: Saturday Science Volunteer Instructor (Bloomington, Indiana): Taught 4th and 5th grade students life science topics and led inquiry-based lessons and laboratory units.

2003-05: Wonderlab Children’s Science Museum Volunteer (Bloomington, Indiana): Helped in developing exhibits that are both biologically accurate and exciting, worked and led discussion with visiting school groups and guests.

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