UA issued a nice UA News story on the forthcoming Bombus epigenetics study. We are already somewhat planning things for the coming year, and will be recruiting students ASAP! So Apply if interested in cold bees and their molecules.
We are excited that this week our big grant proposal was funded by NSF. The project is funded as part of the Rules of Life: Epigenetics program and is entitled Bumble bee cold tolerance across elevations - From epigenotype to phenotype across space, time, and levels of biological organization. The project is a continuation of our prior NSF project, and will continue the collaboration with Michael Dillon at UWY and Jamie Strange (currently at USDA) to look at ecological and evolutionary adaptations for thermal tolerance in bumble bees (focusing on B. vosnesenskii). We've added chemist Franco Basile (UWY) and computational biologist Janna Fierst (UA) to the team. The combined budget is ~$2.6M so we are going to be able to hire a lot of great people and do some really great research (and generate ~20TB of sequence data!!!!!)
Also, our US Senator Richard Shelby is very excited about the project!
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