Rika Anderson [EMAIL]

Assistant Professor, Biology
Carleton College

Research Expertise: extremophiles, virology

VPL Focus: Task B: Earth through Time

I'm a graduate student in UW's School of Oceanography, where I work with Professor John Baross on the ecology and evolution of microbial communities at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. We hope to better understand the ways in which viruses, which most people consider to be harmful parasites, may actually help their bacterial and archaeal hosts to better survive in the harsh conditions of hydrothermal vent environments.
Through this, we hope to gain insight into the fundamental evolutionary processes occurring in these extreme environments, which may help us understand how life could operate in similar environments on other planetary bodies as well as in the origin of life itself.