Rachael Delaney graduates, celebrates in Costa Rica
a remote graduation ceremony in Playa
Samara is even better than one in late December's Tucson
and commencement speeches are best when slightly muted by crashing
azure waves. After spending January with WWOOF
in Londres, Rachael will resume her
tenure in the lab and put her newly minted degree to the lab's
projects on biochemistry.
"Cirque de la Lune" added
gallery showing exceptional aerodynamics of controlled gliding
flights in northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus)
in the frozen winter wilderness is added to the Feature
category of tenbestphotos.com.
The biomechanics of never before photographed aerial mating
chases in this strictly nocturnal species is the focus of an
upcoming special feature in National
Wildlife. And in a recent post, Wild
Imagination Journal has very generous things
to say about our natural history photography.
Kennedy joins the Lab
as Research Specialist Extraordinaire in charge of
molecular and biochemical labs and fieldwork. In her Master's
thesis research, Laura studied coexistence
and susceptibility to predation in relation to life history
stage of common mergansers (Mergus merganser) and harlequin
ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) in Prince William
Sound in Alaska.
Society runs an advertising compaign with our photos, Alex Badyaev
is elected a Fellow of the AOU
The Royal Society runs an advertising campaing for its biomedical
journals with our photos of finch embryos sucking their thumbs.The
photo series, taked by Rebecca Young
and Alex Badyaev, had debuted in
the 2007 article
in Science News and since then appeared on two covers.
In other news, in a vote in Philadelphia, Alex Badyaev was elected
a Fellow of the American Ornithologists'
from our four-months-old paper are already in two books
The ink has not dried yet on our May's paper
—“Evolutionary significance of phenotypic accommodation
in novel environments: An empirical test of the Baldwin effect”
— but two of its figures, No 1 and 2, are already republished
in two books — “Avian
Invasions:The Ecology and Evolution of Exotic Birds”
(Oxford Univ. Press) by Tim Blackburn, Julie Lockwood and Phillip
Cassey and “Childhood
Evolving: Emotion, Relationships, and Mind” by Melvin
Konner (Harvard Univ. Press).
Vigilante MiniStorage's "Sweet 15" reunion
took place in Missoula, to celebrate the end of the 15th
season in the world's most
infamous house finch
study site. Since 1994, 42 field techs, 48 undergraduates, 17
grads, 4 postdocs, and 11 professors worked there. More than
10K Vigilante's finches have had their lives told in nearly
a hundred scientific papers, book
chapters, theses and dissertations. Over the years, the site
had generated $2.3mil in research funding (enough to buy it
and a nearby railroad) and established collaborations with 7
universities. BBC and Green Umbrella Ltd.
filmed episodes of their “Life
of Birds” (1999) and “Triumph
of Life” (2000) there and the Society for Conservation
Biology ran bus tours of it from nearby conferences. The home
of the original online CCTV hatching monitoring, mechanical
flying hawks used for weekly herding of all resident finches
into mistnet corridors, wireless reading of incubation probes,
molecular genetic lab in a storage shed (still regularly mistaked
for rural meth lab by local police), and of many other inventions
and discoveries still remains “Safe, Dry, and Convenient”
place to study evolution in the wild.
Oh to start at Cornell University
as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr
Kerry Shaw's lab after considering several other offers
from around the world. In his postdoctoral research, Kevin
will investigate the evolution and genetics of traits involved
in reproductive incompatibility and speciation.
7:43AM, 10 July 2009
new Montana kid
A future defender of
western Montana grizzly bears and trumpeter swans is born,
appropriately in a cabin in
Blackfoot Valley, and pretty much joined the fieldcrews right
away, following the example of his insane mother.
So, in addition to the 2009 finch databook and the 2009 bluebird
databook, there is now the 2009 Victor databook
to carry around in the field. 3.3 kg, 51cm, 2hr labor. Generally
approves the new world around him, but hates mosquitoes.
Displaying Tasmania's silver gulls
(our homage to Niko Tinbergen) is our cover
of a new Cambridge University Press “Social Behavior:
Genes, Ecology and Evolution” book, a black morph
Blackfoot wolf is the face of an upcoming non-majors textbook
the “Finches on the Moon” photo — a former
cover and highlight of JEB,
Nature, and NSF
Report — continues its life as a new membership
postcard from ESEB,
while the finch trio on saguaro is the new advertisement poster
for Wiley-Blackwell's Molecular
Ecology Resources journals.
Stein is 1)
The College of Science Outstanding Senior;
2) The 2009 COS's Commencement Speaker!
Laura is the first EEB major,
in almost a decade, to receive the highest distinction to a
graduating student by the University of Arizona's College of
Science. And probably one of the few people ever to give the
Commencement Address (in Centennial Hall, no less) before actually
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Esposito accepts graduate program offer from the Midwestern
University, Laura Stein is to start doctoral program in the
University of Illinois
After two years in the lab, Tina
moves on to graduate studies in Midwestern
University's College of Optometry in Glendale, AZ. The proximity
of the College will enable her to maintain her large ongoing
project in the lab — a study of the relationship between
extreme inbreeding depression and development of complex skeletal
considering exceptional offers from seven doctoral programs
throughout the country, Laura
will join the laboratory of Dr
Alison Bell in University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the 2009 Illinois Distinguished
"Living with snakes, part 1"added
gallery showing the ontogeny of snake-mobbing behavior in
Sonoran desert's rock squirrels is added to the Feature
category of TenBestPhotos.com.
Also added are "Tequila
bats" — a portfolio of agave-pollinating bats,
style of photographing birds, and "New
Year Day's finches" from the first day of the year
in the north. Tenbestphotos.com
is now among the 20 most accessed animal photography websites,
according to a report by CNN.com/web.
Kevin P. Oh, Ph.D.
Following successful defense of his comprehensive dissertation
"Evolutionary dynamics of sexual traits: Demographic,
genetic, and behavioral contingencies" and an outstanding
research seminar, Kevin is awarded
a Ph.D. from University of Arizona. Among those eagerly awaiting
the outcome of his defense were thousands of genotyped house
finches from the Arizona study populations. With time, they
will learn to miss him.
dissertation work has resulted in eleven publications
on evolutionary ecology of this species' native populations.
330 sets a new record for enrollment speed
ECOL 330: "Evolution of Animal Form
& Function" for Fall 2009 semester fills up to
full capacity in 20 minutes after fall enrollment opens at 12AM
on April 3rd. Those with slower internet connections or normal
sleep habits now form a lengthy waiting list. This beats the
previous record of 3 hours 50 minutes set in 2007.
In the coming fall, the course will
be significantly restructured.
Stein receives the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department's
Outstanding Senior Award!
In their recommendation, the committee particularly highlighted
a unique combination of Laura's
outstanding scholarship and exceptional independent research
and Honors thesis
is the third
graduate of the Lab to receive the EEB's most prestigious graduating
senior award. Got to be the record...
recipients were Dr. Rosetta Mui
(2003) — now a postdoc in University of Hong Kong, and
Jerod Merkle (2006) —
now a grad student at the University of Montana.
Delaney presents her work at the Honors College Research Forum
presented her research on the evolution
of niche breadth in populations of specialist and generalist
species of soricid shrews, focusing on the mechanisms that link
the diversity of ecological factors to evolutionary diversifications
in foraging mophology. Her poster — "What are
generalists: An empirical test with morphological, functional,
and ecological varaition in generalist and specialist populations
of soricid shrews"— was presented at the Undergraduate
Oh receives The 2009 Outstanding TA Award
award highlights Kevin's exceptional
teaching record and accomplishments at the Department of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology. The award was presented at a College
of Science ceremony.
papers, four covers
cover photo of Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society highlights a paper
presenting a novel perspective on the evolution of parental
effects and an empirical paper on
the origin of novel adaptations through phenotypic accomodation
(the Baldwin Effect).
The cover of Evolution
highlights a paper
by Dr. Renee Duckworth
— Simpson Fellow at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology - on the evolution of genetic integration in dispersal
strategies during range expansions. The cover of Molecular
Ecology Resources features Lab's paper
on development of DNA microsatellites for the house finch. And
the cover of Journal
of Zoology highlights a comprehensive study
of ectoparasite community of the house finch, including the
first description of two new ectoparasite genera for this
for Evolution | Original photo
for Phil. Trans.R. | Original photo
for J. Zoology |
Uller receives ASAB Outstanding Young Investigator Award; Alex
Badyaev is elected to the council of the Society for the Study
to a long list of prestigious international recognitions, Tobias
Uller receives The 2009 Association
for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Outstanding Young
Investigator Award. In addition to receiving a research
grant, Tobias will deliver a keynote talk at the 2009 ASAB Meeting
in Cardiff, UK.
the Society for the
Study of Evolution is viewed by its members as a rare forum
to exchange their best ideas, and when the science that we do
and fundamental problems that we address are perceived by the
public as needed and important, we will have not only fewer
battles to fight, but can also recapture the original excitement
about a unified evolutionary view of biological disciplines
that accompanied the
society’s creation. These are ambitious, but important
goals for the Council." And with this Alex
Badyaev will serve until 2011. No good deed goes unpunished.
(word cloud from the text of LabNews'08)