We study how social and ecological interactions between microorganisms impact the global function and dynamics of ecosystems. Our goal is to discover the principles that determine the efficiency, robustness and adaptability of microbial ecosystems.

Recent Lab News

On Friday, September 8, Assistant Professor Otto Cordero and Visiting Associate Professor Roman Stocker hosted a group of researchers at MIT for the first meeting of kick off meeting of the Simons Foundation collaboration "Theory of Microbial Ecosystems” (THE-ME). THE-ME aims to understand basic principles and laws of microbial ecosystems. Read more about the collaboration here, and see the photo of the week below.
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Together with Professor Roman Stocker of ETH Zurich, Otto is leading a new Simons Foundation collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from across the United States and Europe. The collaboration, called Theory of Microbial Ecosystems (THE-ME), aims to discover the laws and principles of how microbial communities form and function. Read more about the collaboration on MIT News.

Teaching in KITP-qBio and MBL Microbial Diversity

I will be teaching as invited lecturer at the Summer School of Quantitative Biology in UCSB's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and at the MBL Microbial Diversity course in Woods Hole.

New NSF OCE project

With the support of the NSF, the Cordero lab will investigate how ecological interactions at micro-scales control the degradation of particulate organic matter in the ocean.