Congratulations to Biology major Megan Smith! This Noonan lab member (and Taylor Medal winner) has just been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. With this fellowship, Megan will pursue her PhD at Ohio State University where she will work with Dr. Bryan Carstens on projects exploring the evolution of terrestrial gastropods (snails) in the Pacific Northwest.
Congratulations! Biology Ph.D. student Tim Colston (right), a member of Dr. Brice Noonan's laboratory group, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. Tim will continue his studies of vertebrate community structure and whether bacterial communities living inside vertebrates might influence how new vertebrate species evolve. Tim will employ a novel approach to investigating these questions by exploring the evolutionary histories of both the bacteria found in the gut of reptiles and the evolutionary history of the reptile hosts. By utilizing cutting the edge technologies like next generation sequencing this project will allow Tim to understand the extent to which bacterial communities living inside vertebrates are structured by the ecology of the host (e.g. what the host eats, where they live) or the evolutionary histories of the host (e.g. how they are related to other species).
When: Friday, April 24
Where: Thad Cochran Research Center, Room 1000
Centennial Auditorium Atrium
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Research by faculty member, Lainy Day, post-doctoral student Willow Lindsay and two undergraduate co-authors was recognized as the editor's pick for this month's issue of Brain, Behavior, and Evolution, http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/369244 . Illustrations from the paper also made the cover of the journal. The editor's pick is freely available for download in this journal that is normally available by subscription only. The paper demonstrates that when males are attracting females, the more complex the dance is the larger is the size of the male's brain - at least in the family of birds known as the manakins, Pipridae. This group of birds lives in Central and South America and males perform courtship displays for females that vary in complexity from simple alterations in typical avian flight patterns to wildly acrobatic displays punctuated by loud snapping sounds made by the wings of the birds.
Biology graduate student, Cody Jordan, received the 'Research/Conservation Award' at the 2015 Mississippi Bat Working Group annual meeting. He was nominated for and received this award for work done as part of his thesis research with assistance from the MBWG. Cody's Master of Science thesis research, supervised by Dr. Richard Buchholz, is focused on Rafinesque's big-eared bats (Corynorhinus rafinesquii), an uncommon species. The colony at his study site is the only known colony of this species in Lafayette county. His research has yielded new information on population size and structure, roost characteristics, and foraging behavior. This information will be used for conservation and management decisions regarding the roost because it is located in a rapidly deteriorating building.