Stacy arrived in Roscoff for three weeks to attend the Jacques Monod conference Sex Uncovered: the evolutionary biology of reproductive systems and to conduct field work in Brittany as part of a EMBRC-France funded grant called AdaptShore: Adaptation locale et le determinisme du sexe chez l’algue rouge Chondrus crispus en milieu marin." This will continue work started by Stacy and colleagues at the Station Biologique de Roscoff on this ecologically and economically important alga (aka Irish Moss or pioka). Samples collected during this field campaign will be used to generate data on local adaptation within intertidal zones, developing new diagnostic molecular markers for studying natural populations, and sampling other invasive species found along the Breton coasts, including some other red seaweeds and anemones! Stacy will be posting on the meeting and field work on The Molecular Ecologist. She will also attend the meeting Marine Evolution in Stömstad, Sweden from 15-17 May.
Cameron Pujdak, a MS candidate in Steve Dudgeon's lab at Cal State Northridge, visited the lab in April to work on part of his MS research, exploring gene flow in red seaweeds. Since all we tried didn't work, Cameron will be back sometime in the near future to broaden his skills in molecular ecology!