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!

Welcome Malia!

Malia has joined the lab as our new Research Technician! She will be continuing projects inIMG_4563the 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!!

Welcome Sonal!

ImageSonal 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!!