The first meeting of our NSF Research Coordination Network is now in the books after a wonderful but intense weekend at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Workshops on genome annotation and the compilation, integration and management of the extensive manakin field and genomic data, were a great success. Plans were hatched for leveraging such information towards future synthetic research. New friends and colleagues abound!
John did a bang up job studying the evolution of gene regulation in zebra finches. The lab is a sadder place without him in it, and I still owe him a promised tennis match. But first, we need to turn that thesis into a paper! Weeeeee!
Not strictly related to the lab, but worthy of posting here I thought.
Our local paper, The Daily Reflector, highlighted our recently funded work, as well as other recent grant successes at ECU. http://www.reflector.com/news/ecu-notes-grants-push-researchers-ahead-2932493 This nice piece also presents the opportunity to welcome to the lab a new postdoc, Dr. Matthew Louder, who helped write the funded proposal! Matt comes to the lab from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied cowbird behavior and ecology. Please don't forget to visit our brood parasite exhibit "Avian Pirates"! at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, a key part of this funded project. In all likelihood we'll be searching for a Ph.D. student in the Fall (to start in 2016) , so please don't hesitate to contact us about opportunities in the lab.
PhD Student Dan Newhouse has received a Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research. Congrats Dan!
Congrats to BALALAB PhD candidate Allison Lansverk on the acceptance of her paper on brood parasitism in pin-tailed whydahs. The study will be published in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology. Extremely happy to have our first "bird journal" paper in good long while! We'll post the link and more details when the paper is ready!