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!
Its official! Nearly 20 years after I netted my first manakin, and ~maybe 15 since I abandoned a manakin-centric Ph.D. project, I am at last involved in research (coordination) on these amazing birds (and their genomes). Our RCN proposal "Enabling comparative studies of the process and products of sexual selection in a genomic context" has been funded by the National Science Foundation! This promises to be an exciting effort involving some folks I've known for a while, but never collaborated with: @BetteLoiselle(fearless leader!), @birdfiddler, Emily DuVal, Brandt Ryder, Mike Braun, Mike Webster, @monimunozto & Kim Hughes, some folks I'm really excited to get to know and work with: Thorney Staples, Marco Pizo, as well as some folks with whom I've transcriptomed before :Barney Schlinger and Lainy Day (yes, using transcriptome as a verb). This all got its start from a catalysis meeting at good 'ol #NESCENT.
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.
#balalab and friend at national weather center. #aoucos2015
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!