Here is where you will find lab news and updates as well as other random bits!
Mike was able to make it out of town alive after delivering his talk, "What Do We Really Mean by a Unified Theory and How Can Agents Get Us There?" at the Unifying Ecology Across Scales Gordon Conference...but only barely. Great week discussing big issues in ecology with lots of great folks. See you at the next one in 2016!
Congrats to Eric Riddell for receiving a Grant in Aid of Research from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology for his work on the physiology and functional genomics of mountaintop salamanders.
Thats right, we're already planning big things for the next year. Aside from our trip to Austin for SICB, Mike will be presenting on Developing Unified Theories of Ecology (with counterpoint by John Harte) at the upcoming Gordon Conference on Unifying Ecology Across Scales, 6/20/14-6/25/14 at the University of New England, ME. Also, if you happen to be at Kruger National Park from 9/7/14-9/12/14, you can catch another seminar at the 5th International Symposium on the Physiology and Pharmacology of Temperature Regulation. Safari pictures to follow!
Congrats to Eric! His upcoming presentation at SICB 2014 made the cut to be judged for the Huey Award (Best Student Talk) in the Division of Ecology and Evolution. The talk is titled "High and Dry: Responses of Evaporative Water Loss Along an Elevational Gradient for Two Species of Lungless Salamanders"
Mike is now on the Editorial Board for PLoS ONE. Send him some good papers to review!
For those going to this year's ESA meeting in Minneapolis, be sure to check out the talk for my collaboration with Karen Lips on shrinking salamanders. Here's the abstract.
SICB election results are in. Mike is now the Chair-Elect of the Division of Ecology and Evolution in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Congrats to all of the new officers!
The lab is growing. This fall we will be joined by Michael Carlo from the University of Mary Washington and Evan Apanocitch from Fairfield University. Great things to come.
Congrats are in line for Eric Riddell. This month he has received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, a Sigma Xi Award, a Grant-In-Aid from the Highlands Biological Station which was named as their Bruce Family Scholarship in Herpetology in honor of distinguished herpetologist Richard Bruce. If you see Eric, buy him a beer.
In lab news, Eric Riddell will be joining the lab as doctoral students this summer. Eric is a recent graduate from Sewanee College and has spent time in the Galapagos and Everglades gaining field experience.
In other good news, my colleagues and I were funded by the NSF to produce and implement teaching modules for a multidisciplinary course in the science of information. Congrats to my co-conspirators in the Center for the Science of Information: Deepak Kumar (PI, Bryn Mawr), Mark Ward (PI, Purdue), Brent Ladd (Purdue) and Mike Atwell (Purdue). For more information about the Science of Information, check out the Center's website.
Check out the special section on Computational Biology in the Apr 13 issue of Science. My and Mike Angilletta's work, as well as that by Warren Porter, was featured in the Virtual Hotspots news item! Also check out the video that demonstrates one of my simulations of lizard activity in the Mescalero Sand Dunes
Congrats to Jonathan Losos for receiving the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal by the National Academy of Sciences for his book, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles. I've used this text for two semesters for my Biological Explorations course. It's a fantastic overview of evolution and ecology in action, both for the educated non-expert as well as the professional biologist!
Fall seminars at Villanova, Dartmouth, and Temple will be followed up with visits to Georgia Southern and Ohio University this Spring!
Mike will be attending a workshop on sand dune lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) research in January at Texas A&M University. The sand dunes lizard is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Read here for more information.
Congwen Wang ('13) and Mike Sears presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Charleston, SC. See abstracts here and here.
Our symposium, "A Synthetic Approach to the Response of Organisms to Climate Change: The Role of Thermal Adaptation", was published in the November issue of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Check out all of the great papers here.
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