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.
Here's an essay in the chronicle of higher education that give some great advice for grad students (it's also pretty relevant for postdocs and early career faculty too).
The lab has been funded as part of a large grant (led by Rosie Gillespie) to examine the origins of Hawaiian biodiversity. Here's a link to the announcement on the ESPM web page.