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Back from AGBT 2019

Joanna presented on our brown bear projects at AGBT 2019 in Marco Island, Florida #AGBT19. The meeting was filled with interesting biology, including lots of single cell genomics and spatial profiling. Here’s a great summary meeting highlights, and Joanna’s talk was in the “memorable talks” mentions!

The view! The gulf coast of Florida was a nice break from snowy Pullman.


with Beth Shaprio and some of the Dovetail crew!

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to an exciting 2019 filled with lots of fun and interesting science! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements!

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Alexia Gee joins the Kelley Lab!

Alexia Gee has arrived in Pullman! We are very happy Alexia has decided to join the lab as a masters student. She has already started working with the bears on campus. Check out the WSU Bear Center if you’re curious to learn more about the bears!

John Coffin visits from KSU

John is a second-year PhD student in Biology at Kansas State University working with Dr. Michael Tobler. He hopes to understand how organisms adapt to novel environments using a variety of evolutionary and computational approaches. His current Ph.D. research examines the mechanisms and evolution of heavy metal tolerance in Western mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) populations living in streams contaminated with mine outflow. John visited us here at WSU in June to collaborate on work to understand gene expression patterns that may allow these mosquitofish to live in contaminated environments.

Scott Hotaling receives Antarctic Bursary grant

Postdoc Scott Hotaling received a grant from the Antarctic Bursary! Congratulations Scott! The funding from the Antarctic Bursary ( will allow us to extend our “genomic natural history” data collection for polar eelpouts! New data from four eelpout genomes, including Arctic species, will provide an important comparison to our developing Antarctic eelpout genomic resources. This funding is also going to provide the necessary resources to improve our existing genome assembly of the Antarctic eelpout, Lycodicthys dearborni.