Robin Kodner

Robin Kodner

Biography

Robin Kodner, Professor of Biology is an alpinist and biologist specializing in the study of microbial communities in the ocean as well as mountain environments. Currently a Professor of Biology at Western Washington University, Robin has been an outdoor educator for over 15 years in the mountains and on sail boats. She uses both the ocean and mountain environments as platforms for teaching basic sciences.  Robin received her PhD in biology from Harvard University. Her postdoctoral work at the University of Washington took her to San Juan Island in the pacific northwest to research algae communities in the marine environment. 

Twenty years of rock climbing and passion for ski mountaineering led Robin to expand her research into the alpine realm, studying snow algae communities. Her goal is to collect snow algae from hard to reach places  - using her climbing skills to help us understand and document threatened glacial ecosystems. Her research employs genomic techniques to take a snap shot of microbial community structure. She is using the snow microbiome as a model to understand how communities evolve in respond to climate change.