Recruited through a search conducted jointly by DEENR and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Juan is a theoretical ecologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that give rise to spatial and temporal patterns, and their consequences for organisms, populations, and ecosystems. His highly collaborative work, focused on both terrestrial and marine ecosystems, has been featured on the cover of Science and Nature, and in journals such as Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA or the Journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology. Juan Bonachela received his PhD in statistical physics from the University of Granada (Spain), and did his postdoc in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Princeton. Before joining Rutgers, he was an assistant professor at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK).