Robin Kodner

Dr. Robin Kodner is an Associate Professor of Biology at Western Washington University and has been at WWU since 2012, after her PhD at Harvard University followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Robin started her research career studying algal evolution over geologic time and has since moved on to study how modern algal communities respond to climate change. Her passion for playing in both the mountains and the ocean has driven Robin to focus her research on field-based studies. She uses environmental-based genomic and bioinformatics methods that integrate evolution with analysis of community structure and phylogeography. Currently, her lab works on the snow and marine microbiomes in the Pacific Northwest to learn how these communities evolve in response to environmental change. Robin has also been an outdoor educator, in the mountains and on sailboats, using these environments as platforms for teaching basic sciences.