Great news! Graduate student Natalie Stauffer has been awarded several fellowships in the past two weeks. She received a Resh Award for her research and an O&E summer student fellowship that will pay stipend for summer 2015. She was also just selected for a Berkeley Connect position for the 2015-2016 academic year. Excellent work Natalie!
Nina Pak has been admitted into the graduate program in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management! While she won't be changing labs, everyone is excited to have her stay in the lab as a PhD student.
She was also just awarded a summer research fellowship with the National Taiwan University. She'll spend the summer working in a research lab in Taiwan (and maybe collecting canacids and ephydrids) before coming back to Berkeley to start grad school in the fall. Congratulations!!
Natalie passed her oral exams today! From what I've heard, she did a wonderful job. Be sure to congratulate her next time you see her in the lab.
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
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.
Teri Markow and I have a chapter comparing patterns of diversification in Hawaiian Drosophila and the cactophilic repleta species group.
Our paper on "Fungal diversity associated with Hawaiian Drosophila host plants" has been accepted in PLoS ONE. Congratulations to Brian Ort for leading this effort, along with two undergraduate researchers in the lab, Norma Pantoja and Roxanne Bantay!
Jessica, Lisa, Brian, and Gordon at Jupiter
Lisa Marrack passed her oral exams with flying colors, followed by a celebratory lunch at Jupiter. Congratulations Lisa!
Over the weekend we heard that two papers had been accepted. One, lead by Darren Obbard at the University of Edinburgh, examines dating in the Drosophilidae using several Hawaiian calibration points. It will be appearing in Molecular Biology and Evolution.
The other is a survey of Wolbachia in endemic Hawaiian insects (see Figure) that will be out in Fly. The paper was coauthored by Gordon Bennett and former undergraduate Norma Pantoja.