Dr. Jeremiah Hackett, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Department Head of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Iowa. Dr. Hackett’s research interests are in the areas of genome evolution, evolution of photosynthesis and the physiology of harmful algae. His research investigates how eukaryotes acquire plastids through endosymbiosis and how this process influences genome evolution through gene transfer. Another main area of research is the ecology and physiology of harmful algae. Dr. Hackett uses microarrays to determine global gene expression patterns of harmful algae under various growth conditions. These gene expression profiles will be used to determine the factors that lead to harmful algal blooms in the oceans.