Graduate student Alex Fraik started her 6 month NSF funded internship with Krista Nichols at NOAA. While most of her project will be analyzing existing datasets on fish before and after dam removal, she had a chance to participate in some fieldwork.
Joanna Kelley presented at the NHGRI Comparative Genomics Workshop in Bethesda, MD. It was a fantastic event bringing together ~115 genome biologists from around the country to discuss comparative genomics and the NHGRI strategic plan as it relates to comparative genomics. The schedule of speakers is here: https://www.genome.gov/event-calendar/perspectives-in-comparative-genomics-and-evolution
You can view Joanna’s talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bQvTevtGM4
You can view the moderated discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzGdDLAGR10
Congratulations to Dr. Joanna Kelley and Dr. Michi Tobler for received funding for their Rules of Life proposal. The proposal is jointly funded by the NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems and Division of Environmental Biology. The grant Extreme Environments, Physiological Adaptation, and the Origin of Species (with Michael Tobler) will fund research on fish that have adapted to sulfidic springs throughout the Americas.
A sulfidic spring in southern Mexico (above).
Thrilled to announce that our NSF proposal to study polar fish genome evolution has been funded!! Co-written with postdoc Scott Hotaling! The award abstract is located here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1906015
Congratulations to Scott Hotaling for receiving The Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship! Scott will use the award to work with Katie Marshall at University of British Columbia to study thermal tolerance in ice worms!
Our paper on the genetics of glacier ice worms, which shows long-distance dispersal of ice worms is out today! The paper is in Proceedings of the Royal Society B! Birds eating ice worms may drive passive long-distance dispersal! Below is the first ever photographic proof of it, which postdoc Scott Hotaling took on Monday!
There is also a great write-up in the WSU Insider: https://news.wsu.edu/2019/06/26/unlocking-secrets-ice-worm/
We had a great visit with VPR Chris Keane and Mike Kluzik, director of the Office of Research Assurances. We talked about lab safety, laboratory challenges, and general building issues.
Scott’s IdeaFestival talk is online! If you’re interested in hearing Scott talk about climate change it’s available online here: Humans & the Planet: An Unnatural History