Shayla wins E. Arthur Bell Prize

Congratulations to Shayla for winning the E. Arthur Bell Prize for significant achievement as a student in the study of the nonprotein amino acid BMAA for her poster “Assessing the potential for bacterial degradation of BMAA in the guts of cycad-feeding insects” at the 2017 International BMAA Conference in Salt Lake City.

 

Matt Farnitano joins the lab

Welcome to Matt Farnitano, who joins the lab as a research technician.

A new baby in the lab!

Adrian Hopkins Desmarais is the lab’s newest member!

Congratulations, Dr. Callin Switzer!

Callin Switzer successfully defended his thesis, “Bee pollination biology: buzzing,

behavior, and biomechanics”! He is the Arboretum’s first PhD candidate to defend his dissertation.

Sevan will be assistant professor at University of San Francisco!

Sevan Suni accepted a position at the University of San Francisco, in San Francisco CA.  She will join the biology department as a tenure track assistant professor in January 2018. She is looking forward to teaching courses in field ecology and evolution, and to continuing research on the evolutionary ecology of plants and their pollinators.

Ben gets honorable mention for NSF GRFP

Ben received honorable mention for his NSF GRFP proposal to study hybrid speciation in Phlox

Ben passed his qualifying exam!

Ben successfully defended his dissertation proposal on a putative case of homoploid hybrid speciation in the Phlox pilosa complex.

Federico and Robin’s paper out in Molecular Ecology

Transcriptome sequences reveal the history of introgression between sympatric Phlox drummondii and P. cuspidata. [Roda et al. 2017]

Robin and Federico receive a Dean’s Competitive Fund award

Robin and Federico get a Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship award for continuing their work on self-incompatiblity and heterospecific incompatibility.

Ben, Federico, and Robin’s review in Plant Physiology is out

As part of Plant Physiology‘s focus issue on flowering and reproduction, we review what is known about hybridization and its consequences in plants, from before Darwin to future directions. [Goulet et al. 2017]