As the semester starts winding down, we've been having a busy week in the lab.
1) Riley successfully defended her M.S. Thesis!
Congrats Riley! Riley did a great job on her defense talk and committee grilling session to finish up her Master's work on "The Influence of Space, Sex, and Temperature on Morphology of the Kudzu Bug, Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera:Plataspidae), a Rapidly Expanding Invasive Species". Riley will be continuing on to get a PhD with Jennifer Howeth in the department.
2) Jason got a teaching award
Jason received a teaching excellence award this week at the UA Honor's Week Graduate Honors Convocation for his teaching work in the Biological Sciences! Congratulations to Jason as well!
3) Meaghan, Jason, and I published a new paper on bumble bee color pattern evolution
Meaghan got her first first-authored post doc paper out, and some more of Jason's PhD work contributed to a follow-up paper on Bombus bifarius color pattern population genomics. We use RNAseq (and some RADseq) SNPs to detect signs of selection and identify a possible player in color pattern polymorphism for one of the B. bifarius lineages B. bifarius nearcticus.
Pimsler et al. 2017. Population genomics reveals a candidate gene involved in bumble bee pigmentation. Ecology & Evolution doi:10.1002/ece3.2935
4) I will get to call myself an Associate Professor!
Lozier Lab News
Dispatches from the lab and field!