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Lab trip to Lower Granite Dam

We had the pleasure of visiting the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Eastern Washington. We visited the juvenile fish facility, adult fish facility and the hydroelectric dam. All parts of the tour were fascinating. We watched juvenile fish being weighed, measured and assessed for health and then shuttled onto a barge for their downstream transport. We had the opportunity to watch adult Chinook salmon get PIT tags and measured as they work their way up the fish ladder. Finally, we saw the hydroelectric dam and inside of the power house. It’s well worth a trip to visit the dam any time you’re in the area!


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Rivulus genome published

We are very happy to announce the mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus) genome has been published in GBE. The paper can be found online [linked here]. This is the culmination of several years of sequencing, annotating and analyzing. We are very happy to present this resource to the community. The data can be accessed on NCBI GenBank accession LHSH00000000. This is an exciting and interesting species and we hope the genome facilitates all areas of research involving K. marmoratus and teleosts more generally.

Alex Fraik receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

DSC_0242Congratulations to Alex Fraik who has been selected to receive a 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship!

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

In Alex’s words: “For my dissertation, I propose to determine how adaptive genomic variation varies spatially across the geographic range of the Tasmanian devil. I will use genome scan methods to identify candidate loci that are targets of selection in devil populations. Using statistical outlier test I will identify loci in devils associated with tumor haplotype to test for adaptation of disease strain to host genome. I will conduct RNA-sequencing on samples collected across environmental gradients and on devils infected with different tumor strains to determine if there are differences in gene expression indicative of clinal adaptation to local environments, and association of tumor strain to host genomes, respectively.”

Anthony Brown receives The Guy Brislawn Scholarship Award in Biology

Congratulations to Anthony Brown for receiving The Guy Brislawn Scholarship Award in Biology!  This award is given annually to honor graduate students in Biology who exhibit high academic achievement and exceptional potential for becoming productive scientists and/or teachers. The candidate is considered with regards to GPA, publication and presentation history, and similar evidence of scholarship. Congrats Anthony!

Allegra and Bineeta awarded NASA Space Grant

Congratulations to Allegra Sundstrom and Bineeta Veach, both have been selected to receive the NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Engineering!  The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium offers scholarships for students in science, engineering, or math at Washington State University. These competitive grants are based on academic achievements, a personal essay, and a recommendation from a faculty mentor who will supervise the student’s research and future academic promise.