Dr William (Mack) Durham

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Lecturer in Biological Physics

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Biological Physics Group

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Research interests
  • Interactions between small scale physics and microbial ecology
  • Microbial motility
  • Bacterial biofilms
  • Fluid dynamics
  • PHY248 Physics with Labview
  • PHY231: Experimental Physics
Professional activities
  • Human Frontier Science Program Long Term Fellow (2012-2016)
Recent key publications
  • Oliveira, N. M., Foster, K. R.* , Durham, W. M.* (2016) Single-cell chemotaxis during biofilm formation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.
  • Oliveira, N. M., Martinez-Garcia, E., Xavier, J., Durham, W. M., Kolter, R., Kim, W., Foster, K. R. (2015) Biofilm formation as a response to ecological competition. PLoS Biology. 13.
  • De Lillo, F., Cencini, M., Durham, W. M., Barry, M., Stocker, R. Climent, E., Boffetta, G. (2014) Turbulent fluid acceleration generates clusters of gyrotactic microorganisms. Physical Review Letters. 112.
  • Durham, W. M., Climent, E., Barry, M., De Lillo, F., Boffetta, G., Cencini, M., Stocker, R. (2013) Turbulence drives microscale patches of motile phytoplankton. Nature Communications. 4.
  • Durham, W. M., Stocker, R. (2012) Thin phytoplankton layers: characteristics, mechanisms, and consequences. Annual Review of Marine Science. 4.
  • Durham, W. M., Climent E., Stocker, R. (2011) Gyrotaxis in a steady vortical flow. Physical Review Letters. 106. Marcos* , Seymour, J. R.* , Luhar, M.* , Durham, W. M.* , Mitchell, J. G., Macke, A., Stocker R.* (2011) Microbial alignment in flow changes ocean light climate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 108.
  • Seymour, J. R., Ahmed, T., Durham, W. M., Stocker R. (2009) Chemotactic response of marine bacteria to the extracellular products of Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 59.
  • Stocker, R. and Durham, W. M. (2009) Tumbling for stealth? Science. 325.
  • Durham, W. M., Kessler, J. O., and Stocker, R. (2009) Disruption of vertical motility by shear triggers formation of thin phytoplankton layers. Science. 323.