Cheers to Ben Goulet-Scott and co-author Austin Garner for their new paper out in Evolution, a cautionary tale of how morphological intermediacy isn’t always a reliable indicator of hybrid origin. Check it out here!
Congratulations to Grace Burgin for rocking her qualifying exam and becoming a PhD candidate!
Congrats to second-year grad student Grace Burgin, who has earned an Honorable Mention from the highly selective NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program!
Congrats to Hopkins lab alum Meghan Blumstein on her new paper in Plant, Cell & Environment, which looks at plasticity and variation of carbohydrate stores in Populus. Check it out here!
Congratulations to Meghan Blumstein for her successful thesis defense on August 6th, 2020, entitled “The plastic and adaptive potential of sugar storage in temperate trees under climate change”. Meghan has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship (Plant Genome Initiative) and will be heading to MIT to work with David Des Marais on her project, “Untangling the environmental and genetic drivers of phenological timing in red oak (Quercus rubra) to improve climate predictions”. Great work, Meghan, and congratulations!
Robin has received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award! Recognizing only a small number of Harvard professors each year, the award honors faculty members who offer outstanding support and encouragement while promoting the career and personal development of their mentees. Awards are based solely upon the nominations of graduate students. Congrats, Robin!
Congratulations to Meghan Blumstein for a very cool new paper characterizing adaptive potential in Populus, out now in Current Biology. Read it here.
Congrats to Bridget Bickner for being recognized with an honorable mention from the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program!
Congratulations to former post-doc Sevan Suni on her new paper, which looks at how water limitation affects plant-pollinator interactions. Read it here!
A big congratulations to Robin, who has been promoted to Associate Professor!
The lab keeps on expanding! Charlie, our newest member, joins as a research assistant.
We’re thrilled to welcome another new postdoc to the lab, Dr. Antonio Serrato-Capuchina. Antonio joins the Hopkins Lab after completing his PhD in Prof. Daniel Matute’s lab at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied the role of transposable elements in speciation.
Congratulations to (former) lab tech Matt Farnitano, who is starting a PhD at University of Georgia with Dr. Andrea Sweigart. The lab has not imploded in his absence… yet.
Dr. Samridhi Chaturvedi joins the lab as a postdoc. She just completed her PhD with Dr. Zach Gompert at Utah State University, where she studied the genomic basis of adaptation and speciation in Lycaeides butterflies. She will be sequencing the first Phlox genome!
Emma O’Donnell joins the lab this summer through the DaRin Butz Foundation program at the Arnold Arboretum. She will be working with Austin on characterizing reproductive barriers between sympatric Phlox species.
Robin is awarded a grant to study pollen-pistil interaction in Phlox through the NSF Plant Biotic Interactions program.
The 4th year graduate students in OEB presented their research to the department. Ben talked about his reciprocal transplant experiment testing the potential role of local adaptation in Phlox speciation.
Robin, Austin, and Ben attend the Gordon Conference on Speciation in sunny Ventura, CA. Great meeting and great community!
Congratulations new PhD candidate, Austin Garner
Congratulations to Franchesco for his publication on climatic niche expansion in an autopolyploid! Read it here
Robin is a recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER award for early career faculty! Read more from the Harvard Gazette.
Congratulations to Heather (and co.) on the publishing of “Variation in context-dependent foraging behavior across pollinators.” Read the paper here.
Federico’s paper on the correlation between self- and interspecific- incompatibilities in Phlox drummondii is online for early view in New Phytologist! Read the paper here!
Dr. Robin Hopkins received the 2018 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching! This award is given to teachers of introductory courses who “inspire students, instill in them a passion for science, and effectively communicate complex ideas.” Congratulations Robin!
Graduate students Ben Goulet and Austin Garner, along with research technician Matt Farnitano, have been hard at work planting and collecting Phlox species in Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Midwest.
Welcome to Bridget Bickner and Derek Schneider, who will be working in the Hopkins lab this summer as part of the Arnold Arboretum’s DaRin Butz Foundation Research Internship Program. Bridget is an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Derek is an undergraduate at Amherst College. Bridget will be studying the source of flower color differences in Phlox, while Derek is working on mechanisms of Phlox self- and interspecific-incompatibility.
Congratulations to Ben Goulet, who has received a 2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant, the Rosemary Grant Advanced Award, from the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). This award is meant to help Ph.D. candidates expand the scope of their research projects. You can read more about the award here.
Congratulations to Austin on the publication of his review, Genomic signatures of reinforcement, in the journal Genes. Find the paper here.
We are excited to welcome Tatiana Ruiz Bedoya to the lab! Tatiana is here for six months as part of the Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME), an institutional partnership between Uppsala University in Sweden, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich, and Harvard. She will be studying the mutational source of flower color differences in Phlox drummondii.
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.
Welcome to Matt Farnitano, who joins the lab as a research technician.
Adrian Hopkins Desmarais is the lab’s newest member!
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 received honorable mention for his NSF GRFP proposal to study hybrid speciation in Phlox
Ben successfully defended his dissertation proposal on a putative case of homoploid hybrid speciation in the Phlox pilosa complex.
Transcriptome sequences reveal the history of introgression between sympatric Phlox drummondii and P. cuspidata. [Roda et al. 2017]
Robin and Federico get a Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship award for continuing their work on self-incompatiblity and heterospecific incompatibility.
Heather and Robin’s work on pollinator behavior is the focus of the latest episode of Science IRL. Science IRL is a YouTube series hosted by Molly Edwards, a graduate student in Harvard OEB, that shows what life as a researcher is really like by featuring the work of scientists from around the country. Check it out!
Shayla’s baby, Laurel, is born! The lab is full of children!
Heather’s baby, Larrea, is born on New Year’s Eve!
Shayla did a great job defending her thesis proposal on cycads and their weevil pollinators. This will be an awesome dissertation.
We are so thrilled that Ben will be joining the lab this fall as a graduate student in OEB.
Chris Chen has been awarded a PRISE fellowship to work in the lab this summer. He will be studying the strength of reproductive isolating barriers in the Texas Phlox.
Stuart Graham is getting his masters through the Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Evolutionary Biology. He is visiting our lab for six months to conduct research on pollinator behavior. He’ll be leading the field expedition to Texas this year.
The Hopkins Lab was awarded a Milton Fund grant. This award will support our work investigating how and why butterflies are behaving the way they do while foraging on Phlox. We will be investigating if pollinators learn and how this learning influences pollen movement and speciation in Phlox.
Shayla will be studying interactions between Cycads and their pollinators.
Sevan Suni joins the lab. Sevan joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow and will be investigating the genetics of reinforcement and the role of hybridization in adaptive introgression.
Welcome to the world Riley Hopkins Desmarais!
As a postdoc in the lab, Federico will be investigating the genomic signatures of reinforcement and the evolution of self-incompatibility.
We used common garden field experiments and pollinator observation experiments to measure selection on flower color variation. [Hopkins & Rausher 2014]
We are excited be the newest lab in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and to join a wonderful community in the gorgeous Weld Hill Research Building at the Arboretum.