The Graduate Program in


Hu and Albertson study shows a mechanism of how biodiversity arises

In a new study of how biodiversity arises, OEB PhD candidate Yinan Hu and his advisor, Craig Albertson show how a mutation in a single gene during development can lead to different consequences not only in how an animal’s skull and jaw are shaped, but how this leads to different feeding strategies to exploit different ecological niches. The paper is in the current online issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. You can read about their work in a UMass News article.

Alexa McKenzie Thesis Defense

1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
319 Morrill 2 (OEB Seminar Room)
Thesis Title: Volatile profiles and resistance to herbivory in Eastern Hemlock
Advisor: Joe Elkinton

Israel Del Toro Dissertation Defense

10:00 a.m.
Friday, June 13, 2014
222 Morrill 2 - this is a change from the original location
Dissertation Title: Turning up the heat on the little things that run the world: Evaluating the impacts of climate change on ant biodiversity in the temperate forest communities of the Northeastern United States
Advisor: Aaron Ellison

Winners of 'OEB in Action' photo contest

Mr. Mole

Winners of the 'OEB in Action' photo contest were announced at our 20th Anniversary reception on Friday, April 25. The winning photos will be framed and displayed in the OEB seminar room.
• 1st prize went to Yi-Fen Lin (OEB PhD Candidate) for her photo "Mr. Mole" (pictured right)
• 2nd prize prize was awarded to Dana Moseley (OEB PhD 2013) and David Lahti (Darwin Fellow 2003-2005) for "Lahti submerses himself in the literature"
• Two photos tied for 3rd place: Dana Moseley's "Smile! Moseley and Swamp Sparrow pose for the camera" and Andrew Hendry's (Darwin Fellow 1999-2002) "Hendry and friend after a long day of field work"
• A special "Spirit of OEB" award was given to Lin's photo "Science cafe members rock 'n' roll"
Congratulations to all!

May Science Cafe: Sex and Drugs and Plants and Bugs

Bumble bee

Monday, May 5th at 6:00PM Esselon Cafe

Dr. Lynn Adler’s research integrates plant-animal interactions across mutualisms (e.g. pollination) and antagonisms (e.g. herbivory) to arrive at a more complete understanding of how multiple species select on resistance and attractive traits. Come on out and hear all about this fascinating research!

Also, this will be the last Cafe for the Spring series. Check back over the summer for our fall line-up.

OEB: 20 years of big ideas

OEB:  20 years of big ideas

Photos from OEB's birthday celebration can be found here

Lord's work featured in upcoming NOVA episode

The dissertation research of Kathryn Lord (OEB PhD '10) will be featured in an upcoming NOVA special Animal Minds: Dogs which will be broadcast on April 16 at 9:00 p.m.. Lord is currently a visiting professor at Gettysburg College, PA.

Congratulations to Straley, Broadley and Pold!

Two first year OEB students and an incoming student have good news from NSF! Kit Straley, a student in the Warren lab, has awarded a 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her project “Changes in the Neighborhood: Suburban Food Availability and Behavioral Plasticity of Foraging Behaviors in Nesting Songbirds." Hannah Broadley, a student in the Elkinton lab, received Honorable Mention for her project ” Pupal Predation and Population Dynamics of an Invasive Defoliating Moth (Operophtera brumata).” Incoming OEB student Grace Pold, who will work with Kristen DeAngelis, also received Honorable Mention for her project "From the lab to the computer to the field – determining the extent to which lab-based ecology studies can be used to build models which accurately describe ecosystem carbon cycling.”

Yi-Fen Lin awarded NSF DDIG

Congratulations to Yi-Fen Lin, a doctoral candidate in the Dumont lab, who has received a NSF DDIG to fund her dissertation research on Burrowing Behavior of Eastern Moles.

Evan Dalton Thesis Defense

2:00 p.m.
Friday, March 28, 2014
319 Morrill 2 (OEB Seminar Room)
Thesis Title: The effects of suburbanization on nest ectoparasites and nest defense behaviors in the Wood Thrush
Advisor: Paige Warren