We are happy, pleased, excited, and ecstatic that lab PD Megan Van Etten has accepted a TT Assistant Professor position at Penn State Worthington! Megan’s work on the morning glory/RoundUp project has led to crucial discoveries about the nature of fitness costs across populations of this species as well as the genetic basis of resistance among populations (work to come!!). She has also examined the influence of the breeding system on plant weeds and introduced species (work In Press!) and the transcriptomic basis of inbreeding depression. Megan will continue her work on human-mediated selection and its influence on plant populations at Penn. We are sad she will be leaving, but oh so excited that she will begin building her lab and teaching!
Sara and Gina are currently in Tuscon, AZ this weekend to give a poster presentation and a research talk! Congrats and enjoy the warmth!
Congratulations to Adam for his recent publication to Ecology Letters! The study: “Shifts in outcrossing rates and changes to floral traits are associated with the evolution of herbicide resistance in the common morning glory”, was also covered by Jim Erickson from Michigan News.
Sara recently passed the EEB department preliminary examinations which consisted of two parts: an oral exam and a grant proposal. She will be continuing her research in belowground root character displacement in I. hederacea and I. purpurea. Congrats! You are one step closer to getting your PhD!
Malia has joined the lab as our new Research Technician! She will be continuing projects inthe lab such as determining genetic basis of leaf shape in I. trifida. She previously lived in Salem, OR where she was acquiring her B.A. in Biology. She is generally interested in using genetic data to answer empirical applied questions in conservation biology. We are excited for her to join the lab!!
Sonal previously finished her Master’s degree at Jawaharlal Nehru University with a M.T. in Computational and Systems Biology. She joined the EEB department as a PhD student in the Fall 2016 and is generally interested in Evolutionary Genetics. We are excited to have her join the lab!!
Congratulations to Megan Van Etten for publishing her most recent work, “Fitness costs of herbicide resistance across natural populations of the common morning glory, Ipomoea purpurea” in Evolution. Read it here!