Will Ratcliff was born and raised in Berkeley, California. He studied plant biology
at UC Davis and quickly found out he was more interested in evolution and
ecology than the molecular doings of Arabadopsis. He did his PhD at the
University of Minnesota with of R. Ford Denison, working on the evolutionary
maintenance of cooperation in the legume-rhizobium mutualism. In December
2009, Will and Mike Travisano began trying to evolve multicellularity in the lab.
What started out as a ‘cool side project’ quickly became the main focus of his
When not staring at his computer, Will enjoys gardening, biking, baking bread,
playing guitar, shooing squirrels out of the chicken coop, and backpacking. Oh
yeah, and being a dad, that’s pretty great too.
Backyard bounty, summer 2011.
Evolution of multicellularity, bet hedging and
F1 #1, 2015
Obligatory academics jumping photo, 2015
Demonstrating snowflake yeast growth and reproduction, 2015
My dog Pippin. Fool of a Took!. 2015.
F1 #2, 2015
We even have chickens