Our new project on sexual dimorphism in three-spined sticklebacks (w/ Jeff McKinnon and Katie Peichel) was funded by NIH! BALALAB now does fish!
Nerd Nite partnered with the Smithsonian for this year's Future IHere Festival. Check out this fancy video of my talk (click above)! Other talks are even better, and are here: http://bit.ly/1jUY5cH
Our recently published paper describing three bird transcriptomes has been highlighted by editors at PeerJ as one of the best PeerJ papers in Animal Behavior. We don't do much (any) behavior in the paper, but we hope the published data will facilitate studies in these model systems.
Melissa (right) worked in the lab over the last year after taking my "Genome Evolution" course. She's been working on aspects of pigmentation genetics in zebra finches. Congrats Mellisa on a job well done!
As part of their beet testing program Oxford Nanopore has been giving select research groups around the world a chance to play with their new device, the MinIon Sequencer. We are honored to be among those labs. The MinION is an amazing device that provides extra long sequencing reads on a device the size of thumb drive. The hope is to be able to use this technology to sequence complex parts of genomes.
I made my final trip to NESCent this past week as part of the "Towards a unified evolutionary theory of decision-making" working group (organizers: Tamra Mendelson, Rebecca Safran and Mark Hauber). As always, this was an incredibly stimulating and productive few days, and I'm sad to see NESCent go. NESCent will be shuttered sometime next year.
Not strictly related to the lab, but worthy of posting here I thought.
This award will support Master's student Dustin Foote's efforts to develop a "Speciation in Brood Parasites" Exhibit at Sylvan Height's Bird Park
Master's student Dustin Foote has put together, and is giving, a series of lectures at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. The talks cover a variety of topics from "Gardening for Birds" to "Avian Pirates" (brood parasitic birds!).
ECU grad student (now alum) Lyndell Bade's thesis developing a new genetic technique has been published