Department of Geophysical Sciences and the College
Maureen Coleman’s research interests include microbial ecology and population genetics, genome structure and evolution, and the roles of microbes in biogeochemical cycles. Her research has explored the selective forces shaping microbial genomes in natural environments, the mechanisms by which genes are transferred between microbial groups, and the co-evolution between bacteriophages and their hosts.
She is co-author of a number of scientific publications, including “Ecosystem- Specific Selection Pressures Revealed through Comparative Population Genomics,” “Genomic Islands and the Ecology and Evolution of Prochlorococcus,” and “Where Reductionism Meets Complexity: A Call for Growth in the Study of Non-Growth.” Coleman was a recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Organic Geochemistry Division of the Geochemical Society.
She holds a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in environmental and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College.
Coleman joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.