The lab is hiring!

A full-time technician position is available in the Baucom lab in the EEB Dept at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. General research in the laboratory addresses plant adaptation to environmental stresses. Duties will include working at the University’s main campus, in the nearby greenhouses, at nearby field sites, and will include travel for germplasm collections.

The technician’s immediate responsibilities will be to carry out large greenhouse and field studies as well as general lab maintenance. Previous experience with basic molecular techniques such as DNA isolation, PCR and cloning is desired; microscopy experience is a plus but not required. The candidate should have a BA or BS in biology, genetics, horticulture or plant sciences, previous experience performing independent research, the ability to work well in a group environment, and the willingness to supervise undergraduates.

Candidates can apply by sending a short cover letter, a CV and contact information for 3 references  to rsbaucom@umich.edu. Review of applications will begin April 15th, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is found – while start date is flexible, the target hiring date would be May or June, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. The position is initially available for 1 year with the potential for extension at least another year depending on performance and funding availability. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.

Regina S Baucom 2059 Kraus Natural Science Building Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI rsbaucom@umich.edu Regina S Baucom Assistant Professor 2059 Kraus Natural Science Building 830 North University Dept of EEB University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 647-8490 rsbaucom@umich.edu

Congratulations to Yoav and Thomas!

Congrats to Baucom lab undergraduate researchers Yoav Jacob and Thomas Repasky! Yoav is the recipient of the Slater Scholarship and Jones award–two awards for students who work in plant biology, and Thomas was recently named as an LSA Honors Summer Fellow for summer work in the lab!

Yoav will continue developing his thesis project working on adaptation in Brassica, and Thomas will work on plant-microbe community ecology questions. We are super excited to have them continue in the lab!

Talks at the 2017 Evolution meetings

We’re in Portland, Oregon this year for the annual Evolution meetings. Here’s a line-up of lab members that are speaking at the conference, as well as day/time/place:

Diego will be presenting his recently bioRxiv’d work on the morning glory mating system “Environmental influences on the mating system of the common morning glory” Tuesday at 9am in C120-122.

Megan will be presenting “Inbreeding depression through a transcriptomic lens,” our attempt to identify transcriptomic changes correlated with inbreeding depression in the common morning glory, on Monday at 4:15pm in C120-122.

Sara will be presenting her dissertation work “Testing character displacement as a potential driver in the evolution of root traits” Monday at 8:45am inB117-119.

Gina will be presenting “Is Convergence at the Level of the Phenotype Mirrored Across the Genome? The Repeated Evolution of Glyphosate Resistance in the Common Morning Glory, Ipomoea purpurea”  in theEvolution in urban ecosystems Symposium at 11am in Oregon ballroom 203.

We’re psyched to be presenting our work and catching up with our colleagues and friends!

Congratulations Megan!!

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!

Congrats Megan!!

Congrats to Sara!

Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 4.12.52 PMSara 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!