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.