Megan E. Frederickson is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. She studies plant-animal and host-microbe mutualisms, with the goal of understanding how and why cooperation evolves between species. Her recent research has focused on developing a high-throughput experimental system to test questions about interactions between hosts and their microbiomes.
During this fellowship, Frederickson is working on a book that explores how current ideas about mutualism ecology and evolution can enlighten microbiome science, and to what extent host-associated microbiomes require rethinking mutualism theory.
Frederickson earned her PhD in biology from Stanford University and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her research has been published in Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has appeared in textbooks, TV and radio programs, and numerous science news stories. She holds funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and serves on the editorial boards of the American Naturalist and Proceedings of the Royal Society B.