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!
Lauren was offered, and accepted, a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Missouri. She will start at Columbia in January 2019. Congrats Lauren!!
John is one of 12 recipients of the 2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant – Rosemary Grant Advanced Award (that’s a mouthful)! This research grant from the Society for the Study of Evolution enhances the scope of dissertation research for advanced PhD students. Congrats JW!
Lex and Adam, two undergraduate researchers in the lab, were chosen to receive research awards from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at UMN. Lex is working with John on a resurrection experiment to test whether adaptation occurred in C. xantiana populations during the California megadrought. Adam is working with Amanda to quantify differentiation among common ragweed populations across the St. Louis metropolitan area, as a companion to work examining heterogeneity among populations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
One of our undergraduate superstars, Lex Faulkner, is first author on a new paper in Chemoecology looking at chemical alarm cues in fathead minnows. This work was completed during a summer field course at the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station. Check out the paper here. Congrats Lex!
Our demographic work on Clarkia xantiana was incorporated into a paper with European colleagues who conducted similar research on Plantago coronopus. The paper (in press, Ecography) examines the “demographic niche”, where the environmental requirements of individual life stages (vital rates) are dissected in an effort to understand the dynamics of geographic ranges.
Ryan Briscoe Runquist was awarded the College of Biological Sciences postdoc award for “Outreach & Communication”, which recognizes her leadership and contributions to Market Science and other activities communicating science to K-6 teachers, students, and the public. This is one of only four awards given by the college this year!
Lauren Sullivan was awarded the College of Biological Sciences postdoc award for “Impactful Research”, which recognizes her many research accomplishments including recent high-profile publications and lead role on a funded LCCMR grant. This is one of only four awards given by the college this year!
John Benning was interviewed for, and quoted in, the MNDaily about his recently awarded NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant. The article focuses on the elimination of the DDIG program and the consequences for graduate students in biology.