Dr. Benes is here working in the lab to finish up work on Fucus species in the Gulf of Maine. Here's to hoping for some more grant money to continue our collaboration and friendship that stretches back to 2003!
Capturing our Coast is sponsoring an event for Invasive Species Week. CoCoast is a project that aims to find out more about the species that live in our seas and how we can protect them. We will post snippets of the video soon!
Dr. Will Ryan, current postdoc in the Krueger-Hadfield Lab, was accepted as a UAB MERIT Postdoctoral scholar starting in July 2018. The MERIT program is an NIH IRACDA initiative providing research and teaching training opportunities for young scientists committed to improving outcomes for underrepresented groups in biological research. Over the next 4 years, he will be working with Dr. Krueger-Hadfield, and co-mentor Dr. Steve Austad, to understand the evolutionary dynamics of somatic mutation accumulation in clonal systems – from sea anemones to cancer tumors. He will be developing a course and research projects with teaching faculty and students from local partner institutions, including Oakwood University, Lawson State Community College, and Stillman College. Will will be funded for four years! He will also continue his other work on seaweed life cycles and mating systems in the lab.
SSE Small Grants Program for Local and Regional Outreach Promoting the Understanding of Evolutionary Biology
Stacy and two PhD students in the Department of Biology were awarded a Society for the Study of Evolution Small Grants for Local and Regional Outreach Promoting the Understanding of Evolutionary Biology. Sarah Adkins, a PhD student in the Morris Lab, and Rebecca Wilcox, in-coming Krueger-Hadfield lab PhD student co-wrote the proposal entitled: ‘Cahaba River: A Basin of Eco-Evolutionary Educational Opportunities.’ The team will work with the Cahaba River Society to start a Science Saturday where they will teach adults and children about the evolutionary ecology of freshwater ecosystems with an emphasis on freshwater algae. More details will follow about the dates and registration information.
Will Ryan was awarded a UAB OPE Career Enhancement Award to develop protocols to study fertilization and larval development in an anemone. Will and Stacy will travel to the VIMS Eastern Shore Lab in June to conduct field surveys of natural populations and collect anemones. Afterwards, Will will travel to George Mason University to work with the Fowler Lab.