Four lab members give talks at ESA

Amanda, John, Ryan, and Lauren all gave presentations on their recent research at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in New Orleans this week.


NSF LTREB grant on geographic range limits funded

Our project on the evolution of geographic range limits in Clarkia xantiana was just funded for five years from the NSF Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology program (Moeller, PI; Geber, co-PI, Eckhart, co-PI). This work has been ongoing for 13 years and the new funding will result in 18-year datasets on population demography and associated factors (abiotic and biotic environment) from across the species’ range. This is the third round of funding from NSF for this work and we greatly appreciate the support!

John wins best talk at PMB Graduate Program Retreat!

Plant & Microbial Biology graduate students presented their research at the graduate program’s annual retreat on Friday. John presented an excellent talk on his work on biotic interactions and geographic range limits in Clarkia. Votes were cast after the symposium and John was the winner! Congrats John!

Eric Chu receives prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship!

Eric Chu, a former undergraduate researcher in the lab (Summa cum laude with Honors), received the highly selective Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them for a career with the U.S. Department of State. Eric will attend Georgetown University for a Masters program in Global Human Development. After graduate school, Eric is interested in entering the Foreign Service, whose members serve the 265 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world.

Lex wins poster award!

Lex’s poster won a “People’s Choice Award” at the UMN Undergraduate Research Symposium. Lex’s poster described a resurrection experiment where she examined rapid adaptation to the California megadrought in Clarkia xantiana. John was her primary mentor on the project. Great job Lex!

Amanda wins President’s Student Leadership and Service Award!

Amanda has been chosen to receive the prestigious President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (PSLSA), which recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. It is presented to approximately one-tenth of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Congrats Amanda!