Scott Fay

  • Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley
  • Center for Comparative Genomics

Scott’s primary research examines how ecology drives the evolution of endosymbiotic interactions.  Foraminifera are particularly interesting for comparative evolutionary studies in symbiosis because they host such a broad array of algal endosymbionts, including diatoms, dinoflagellates, rhodophytes, and chlorophytes.  He and his colleagues have several ongoing projects, including interactions between soritid foraminifera and Symbiodinium dinoflagellates, landscape and community ecology of the endosymbiotic alga Symbiodinium on coral reefs, and character evolution and systematics of foraminifera.