With its fanned plumage and bold strut, a male wild turkey's display conjures images of Americana and festive feasts. But this bird's grandstanding isn't intended for human eyes—it's for female turkeys who actually use it to discern a male's genetic prowess. How exactly she parses performances to pick a suitor can be a fairly complex enterprise.
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Congratulations! Biology Ph.D. student Stuart Nielsen (right), a member of Dr. Brice Noonan's laboratory group, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. This award will allow Stuart to continue his work on the evolution of lizards of southern Africa, including the Agama lizards (far right). His rigorous analyses of mechanisms thought to be driving diversification will greatly enhance our understanding of this unique and complex region.
Biology graduate student Mariah Meachum (Ph.D., Hoeksema laboratory) was a 2nd place winner in our university's 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition, in which graduate students were challenged to present a concise summary of their graduate work to a general audience. Congratulations to those who made it to the 2nd round of competition: Tim Colston, Sarah Crocker-Buta, Ariel Dauzart, Jamie Wood and Mariah Meachum.
Do URAP? You should if you're looking for research experience! We've made it easier for you to find out about opportunities for research participation in the Dept of Biology. Our researchers are often looking for lab and/or field assistance. By working with them, you'll gain valuable training and research skills. Click on this link for the Undergraduate Research Assistance Program (URAP) to find out about the opportunities that are currently available.
The endowment, which honors emeritus biology professor Dr. Edmund Keiser (a Department of Biology professor from 1976-2005), will provide research support for biology faculty during summer months when they are not supported by university salary. To read more or learn how to contribute to the endowment, click here.