María Rebolleda-Gómez

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Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2016, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
B.S., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2011, Biology


University of California, Irvine
353 Steinhaus Hall|442 Steinhaus Hall
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Microbial ecology, microbial evolution, experimental evolution, climate change, metabolism, systems biology
Research Abstract
I am interested in understanding (and ideally being able to predict) how microbial communities will change over time. In particular, I am interested in how microbial interactions shape the function and stability of communities, how the evolution of microbes affects their interactions (and therefore the community), and how microbes evolve in this community context. We use a combination of theory, simulations, and experiments to address these and related questions.
Duffy, M. A., C. García-Robledo, S. P. Gordon, N. A. Grant, D. A. Green, A. Kamath, R. M. Penczykowski, M. Rebolleda-Gómez, N. Wale and L. Zaman. (2021). Model systems in ecology, evolution, and behavior: A call for diversity in our model systems and discipline. The American Naturalist. 198:53-68.

Chang C-Y, J.C.C. Vila, M. Bender, R. Li, M. C. Mankowski, M. Bassette, J. Borden, S. Golfier, P. G. Sanchez, R. Waymack, X. Zhu, J. Diaz-Colunga, S. Estrela, M. Rebolleda-Gomez, A. Sanchez. (2021). Engineering complex communities by directed evolution. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 5:1011-1023.

Estrela, S., A. Sánchez and M. Rebolleda-Gómez. (2021). Multi-replicated enrichment communities as a model system in microbial ecology. Frontiers in Microbiology. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.657467

Hayes, R*., M. Rebolleda-Gómez*, K. Butela, L. F. Cabo, N. Cullen, N. Kaufmann, S. O’ Neill, and T-L Ashman. Spatially-explicit depiction of a floral epiphytic bacterial community reveals role for environmental filtering within petals. microbiologyOpen. DOI:10.1002/mbo3.1158

Sanchez, A. J.C.C. Vila, M. C-Y Chang, J. Diaz-Colunga, S. Estrela and M. Rebolleda-Gomez. (2021). Directed evolution of microbial communities. Annual Review of Biophysics. preprint:

Forrester, N.J., M. Rebolleda-Gómez, J.L. Sachs and T-L Ashman. (2020). Polyploid plants obtain greater fitness benefits from a nutrient acquisition mutualism. New Phytologist.

Bowman, M.* and M. Rebolleda-Gómez*. (2020). Uprooting Narratives: Legacies of colonialism in the neoliberal university. Hypatia: A journal of feminist philosophy. 35:18-40.

Rebolleda-Gómez, M.*, C. W. Wood*. (2019). Unclear intentions: eavesdropping in microbial and plant systems. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2019.00385

Rebolleda-Gómez, M. and T-L . Ashman. (2019). Floral organs act as environmental filters and interact with pollinators to structure the yellow mokeyflower (Mimulus guttatus) floral microbiome. Molecular Ecology. DOI:10.1111/mec.15280

Metcalf, C. J. E., L.P. Hernry, M. Rebolleda-Gómez and B. Koskella. (2019). Why evolve reliance on the microbiome for timing of ontogeny?. mBio. DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01496-19

Rebolleda-Gómez, M., N.J. Forrester, A.L. Russell, N. Wei, A.M. Fetters , J.D. Stephens and T-L Ashman. (2019). Gazing into the anthosphere: Considering how microbes influence floral evolution. New Phytologist. DOI:10.111/nph.16137

Johnson, A.L., M. Rebolleda-Gómez and T-L. Ashman. (2019). Pollen on stigmas documents impacts of a century of environmental disturbance on pollen transfer. The American Naturalist. 194: 405-413. DOI:10.1086/704607

Russell, A.L., M. Rebolleda-Gómez., Shaible T. and T-L Ashman. (2019). Movers and shakers: bumble bee foraging behavior shapes the dispersal of microbes among and within flowers. Ecosphere. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.2714

Rebolleda-Gómez, M. and M. Travisano. (2019). Selection, chance, and history in experimental evolutionary reversals to unicellularity. Evolution. 73: 73-83. DOI: /10.1111/evo.13654

Rebolleda-Gómez, M. and M. Travisano. (2018). The cost of being big: dispersal limitation and experimental evolution of reversal to unicellularity. The American Naturalist. 192: 731-744. DOI: 10.1086/700095

Escalante, A. E., M. Rebolleda-Gómez, M. Benítez and M. Travisano. (2015). Ecological Perspectives on Synthetic Biology: Insights from Microbial Population Biology. Frontiers in Microbiology. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00143.

Rebolleda-Gomez, M., W. C. Ratcliff and M. Travisano. (2012). Adaptation and Divergence during Experimental Evolution of Multicellular Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In: Adami, C., Bryson, D. M., Ofria, C. & Pennonck, R. T (eds.). Artificial Life XIII. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. MIT press, Cambridge, MA.
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