John L Darcy PhD
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My name is John Darcy, and I am a post-doctoral researcher at University of
Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the Lozupone lab.
In my PhD research and in my current post-doc research, I use
mathematical models to understand how microbial communities
change over time and space, and test against neutral models of community
assembly. In a previous post doc at the University of Hawaii, I used this
this approach to understand the distributions of fungi that live inside the
leaves of native Hawaiian plants. At UC Anschutz, I'm developing a mathematical
model for time-series human microbiome data.
Much of my doctoral work focused on the
microbial ecology of vulnerable alpine systems, especially soils
on or around glaciers. These soils represent the earliest stages
of ecosystem succession. I have published several papers
regarding nutrient limitation of "periglacial" microbial and
plant communities, and also papers detailing microbial life
in that environment.
My research has taken me to many amazing alpine sites around the
world, including the Puca Glacier in the Peruvian Andes, the
Toklat Glacier in Alaska's Denali National Park, Niwot Ridge
Long-Term Ecological Research site near Boulder Colorado, Volcán
Llullaillaco in the northern Chilean Andes, and Antarctica's McMurdo
Because I visit many different (and scenic) sites for my research,
I take lots of pictures. You can see them by visiting my instagram
or visiting the photography section of this site.
If you are interested in graphic design (particularly scientific
graphic design), please visit my graphic design page.