Maria Rebolleda-Gomez is a microbial ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Irvin. She is originally from Mexico City and did her undergraduate degree in Biology at UNAM (the National University in Mexico) and her PhD at the University of Minnesota with Michael Travisano. Maria is interested in understanding organisms in relationships. Her work is about understanding the historical nature of evolution–how microbes shape and are shaped by their ecologies. But she is also very interested (not in order of importance) in politics, the complex interactions between science and society, geography and architecture. In particular, she is fascinated by the importance of space in shaping interactions and everyday dynamics from social housing, community spaces, urban planning to the evolution of microbial interactions.