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.
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!
Amanda’s first dissertation chapter was just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. In this paper, she describes the results of a reciprocal transplant experiment testing for local adaptation to urban vs. rural environments in the Twin Cities. Her paper is part of a special issue on urban adaptation.
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, 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.
Amanda heard news today that she was awarded a UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship! This fellowship will cover her entire final year in graduate school. DDFs are awarded to the highest achieving graduate students at the University. Congrats Amanda!
John was awarded a Phinney Fellowship from the Plant and Microbial Biology Graduate Program for one semester of his final year in graduate school! John was recognized as one of the top students in his program with this award. Congrats JW!
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 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!