Congratulations to Kari Goodman on her most recent publication. This will be the first in a series of papers comparing and contrasting the evolutionary dynamics of various groups of Hawaiian Diptera.
It's been several months since the lab blog post here. The summer has gone way too fast. There's lots of news to report and I've been pretty slow to get it all posted. I'm going to cover several things in a single post so I don't get swamped by all the things coming up this semester.
Evolution Meetings. Several lab members, including Lisa, Jessica, Natalie and Brian, attended the Snowbird Meetings. Lisa and Brian did wonderful jobs presenting their research. All three students (Lisa, Jessica and Natalie) received travel funds from the Spieth Award to attend this meeting. I also got to spend a day collecting insects with former graduate student Rick Lapoint.
Hawaii Trip. Jessica, Alli Quan from Mike Eisen's Lab and I went to Hawaii in July. In addition to our own lab collections for Drosophila and yeast, the goals of the trip were planning for our Dimensions in Biodiversity grant. We looked at various field sites and discussed specimen collecting methods and data organization. It was a huge group to manage but also a lot of fun. Other researchers on the grant included Rosie Gillespie, George Roderick, Dan Gruner, Kerry Shaw, Don Price, Diana Percy, Karl Magnacca, Michael Brewer, Kari Goodman, Curtis Ewing, Andy Rominger, Jon Lambert, Darko Cotoras, Elska and Kyle Roy.
It was while we were in Hawaii that we discovered that Lisa Marrack, also on the Big Island at the time, had made the press. Her research on climate change and its impacts on anchialine pools was featured in West Hawaii Today. You can read the article here.
Arizona. I also took a short trip to Tucson to visit my PhD advisor Margaret Kidwell. It was Margaret's 80th birthday and there was a reception for the establishment of a new endowment in her honor. Although it was a short trip, I had a great time and got to see many old friends. I'm looking forward to being back in Tucson for my upcoming sabbatical.
Jessica passed her oral exams this morning! If you weren't able to make it to the celebration, be sure to congratulate her next time you see her. We had a champagne toast in the lab, followed by lunch at Phil's Sliders
We have two pieces of good news on the Scaptomyza front this week. First, Rick's phylogeny paper was accepted by Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. It should be out sometime in 2013 but I'll post a link here when it becomes available online.
The second item is that our NSF preproposal was accepted for a full proposal. We'll be working on this over the course of the summer. Congratulations to Rick and Noah!!
Evolutionary Replacement of Obligate Symbionts in an Ancient and Diverse Insect Lineage
Commentary on How a Bird is an Island
Genes Involved in the Evolution of Herbivory in a Leaf-Mining Drosophilid Fly
New Species of of Hawaiian Picture Wing Drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae), with a Key to Species
Lisa has been awarded the Colman Fellowship for 2013-2014. This is a highly competitive award that ESPM gives to graduate students working on watershed issues.
Here's a nice article about some of the career options for PhDs that are outside the mainstream academic setting:
The third chapter of Gordon's dissertation has been accepted at the Journal of Biogeography. This paper examines the interplay between historical biogeography and ecological opportunity in the native Hawaiian Nesophrosyne radiation.
Lab Meetings are Friday from 11-1230 in Hilgard 112. The first 20 minutes will be dedicated to lab business and progress reports from each lab member. Please come prepared to discuss your progress in the past week and your plans for the coming week. The remainder of lab meeting will be research presentations. Here's the schedule:
1 Feb: No lab meeting
8 Feb: Lisa
15 Feb: Kari
22 Feb: Brian
1 March: Jessica
8 March: Natalie
April: We will have a joint group meeting with the Will Lab in April. I will also present on the lab's progress and goals at the end of April.
May: End of semester party
Here's a link to an interesting paper that recently came out in PLOS Biology. It's about evolutionary biology in the 21st century.