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!

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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!

Lex and Adam awarded UROPs for their independent research!

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.

New paper in press at Ecography

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 wins CBS postdoc award!

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 wins CBS postdoc award!

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!