Jerod Merkle receives the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences'
Outstanding Senior Award!
is among seven 2006 graduates to be chosen by the College for
this prestigious award. His nomination letters emphasize his "exceptional
drive to succeed in his passion to do scientific research in biology".
Can't quite get away from the finches yet: Jerod's new project
-- on the ecology of Yellowstone wolves
-- is based right next to one of the Lab's recently established
house finch study populations in Gardiner, MT.
Jerod is the second
graduate of the lab to receive the Outstanding Senior distinction.
National weekly features Joanna Rutkowska's research; Nature
publishes her Letter
weekly WPROST's feature article
covers sex adjustment in birds and mammals focusing on Joasia's
past and present work.
Nature (Dec 7) publishes her letter
on evolutionary biology and creationism in science and education.
The Lab's current research is on the NSF's Frontpage, Nature's
Research Highlight, and TV/Radio networks
recent paper "Sex-biased
maternal effects..." in Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences is selected for
Reasearch Highlights, and also featured in Science,
Arizona Daily Star, MSNBC,
"Echo of Moscow" (Russia), Discovery
Planet, Poisk Science Newspaper, NetWorld
Colombiano (Columbia), Membrana,
Radio (Latvia), PhysOrg
Wissenschaft (Germany), NTNews.ru,
i Zycie (Poland), ABS
Information Centre (Korea), NewsRin.ru,
Nouvel Observateur, SpektrumDirect
Report (Germany), FoxNews,
Kevin Oh receives NAOC Travel Award, Alex Badyaev is elected a
Director of Cooper Ornithological Society
research proposal "The evolution of age-dependent reproductive
strategies and implications for sexual selection" was
selected for a Travel Award to present at the 4th
North American Orhithological Congress in Veracruz, Mexico.
Alex's three-year tenure
as a Director of Cooper Ornithological Society will start at the
end of the Veracruz congress.
Joanna Rutkowska wins two national awards and
joins the lab
was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the
Foundation for Polish Science and Fellowship from the Kosciuszko
Foundation for her postdoctoral grant application addressing the ecology and evolution
of meoitic drive in house finches.
Kevin Oh wins Silliman Award in Ornithology, Rebecca Young receives
American Society of Mammalogists grant
Oh's proposal "Age-dependent genetic variance in
mate choice" is awarded $1,000 Siliman Award in Ornithological
Research. Meanwhile, the American Society of Mammalogists has
announced its selection of Becca
Young as a 2006 recipient of $1,417 Research Grant for her
proposal "Influence of masticatory functional requirements
on morphological integration in the shrew mandible".
News about news. Science (x2), news media cover Kevin
Oh, Renee Duckworth's recent work
paper "Aggressive behavior affects selection..."
in Proceedings B is featured in Science,
Daily, and also UPI,
Science & Nature, PhysOrg.com,
Planet, Kompass News...
paper "Adaptive genetic complementarity..."
in Proceedings B is featured in Science,
Radio interview, Quirks
& Quarks site, Arizona
Daily Star, Image
of the Day-LiveScience, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, ABS
Online, VPRO, Biology-Blog,
Die Zeit, Die
News in Kürze-3Sat, and also
importantly, a single
issue of Science features two!
news items from The Lab with four!!
photos by yours truly. Got to be a record. Not bad...
Rebecca Young receives NSF DDIG grant!
publishes a paper in Evolution)
proposal "Developmental origins and evolutionary consequences
of modularity" (Population & Evolutionary Processes
Panel, National Science Foundation) was awarded full two-year
funding of $12,000!! Earlier in the week, Becca's paper
on "Evolutionary persistence of phenotypic integration"
was accepted in Evolution and is now coming out in June
Erin Lindstedt, Libby Landeen accept graduate school offers
almost three years in the lab, and a number of independent projects,
Erin will now start her graduate work at the Department of
Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The
Ohio State University. Libby
will begin graduate studies at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology of the University
of Arizona continuing her research on the evolution
of allometry in sexual displays.
Renee Duckworth is awarded Ph.D. and a two year postdoctoral
position at Edinburgh and Harvard...
on the same day. 30 March, 10AM Renee
defends her dissertation with flying colors and officially receives
Ph.D. from Duke University for her studies of the evolution of
behavior. As champaign rans out, around 12PM, NSF program chair
calls to award full funding for two year research project at Institute
of Evolutionary Biology at University of Edinburgh in Scotland
and Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard
University. Just another Thursday around here...
Rebecca Young is 2006 Galileo Circle Scholar!
receives the 2006 Galileo Circle Scholarship of the College of
Science in recognition of "her accomplishments and productivity
in research and teaching at the University of Arizona".
Joanna Hubbard starts graduate school at the College of William
working for Smithsonian, USGS, and Florida Wildlife Conservation
Commission, Joanna is awarded
graduate assistantship and will now start her research in August
Kevin Oh, Renee Duckworth, Becca Young, Alex Badyaev publish four
papers in latest Proceedings B
paper "Aggressive behavior affects selection on morphology
by determining the environment of breeding..."
shows that lack of behavioral plasticity can strongly affect evolution
Kevin's work "Adaptive genetic
complementarity in mate choice coexists with preference for elaborate
reveals that sex-biased immigration produces fluctuations of mating
patterns in an absence of actual choice of genetic complementarity.
Becca's paper "Adaptive sex
differences in growth of pre-ovulation oocytes..."
capitalizes on her method
of marking lipid layers in growing finch oocytes and discovers crucial
mechanism in avian sex-detemination. Alex
"Stress-induced variation in evolution:
from behavioral plasticity to genetic assimilation...".
Maja Udovcic, Clayton Addison join
is involved in design and implementation of all aspects of fieldwork
at the main study population in Arizona, enhancing the efficiency
of data collection and increasing productivity of research projects
in the lab. Maja's project integrates
biochemical and anatomical aspects of ornament ontogeny in birds.
Clayton researches ecomorphological
correlates of acoustic displays in two study populations and also
helps with projects on anatomy and morphometrics
of shrew foraging.
Landeen presentation at the 17th UBRP Conference is on the frontpage
of Arizona Daily Wildcat
presented her work on "Evolution of avian sexual ornamentation:
Developmental co-regulation of feather growth and coloration"
focusing on organism-wide consequences of trade-offs
in pigmentation allocation among feather types in birds.
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