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Ted Stankowich seminar: July 26

Spikes, Spines, Sprays, Shields and their Signals:
The Evolutionary Ecology of Antipredator Defenses in Mammals

12 noon
Thursday, July 26
222 Morrill II

Ted Stankowich, Darwin Fellow Emeritus, will present a seminar prior to his move to California to begin his new position as Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach. Pizza will be served before the seminar

Katie Kauffman Thesis Defense

Katie Kauffman, MS Thesis Defense
1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, OEB seminar room (319 Morrill II)
Thesis Title: Population Dynamics, Chick Diet, and Foraging Behavior of the Razorbill (Alca torda) at Matinicus Rock, Maine
Advisor: Paul Sievert

Kudos to OEB students

• Congratulations to Chi-Yun Kuo, who received one of only 9 University Fellowships for Continuing Students awarded for 2012/13
• And also to Patrick Green, who was awarded the 2011/2012 OEB TA Award for his outstanding work in the Honors Introductory Biology course (Biology 197).

Joe Chadwick Thesis Defense

Joe Chadwick, MS Thesis Defense
1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 15, 2012
319 Morrill II
Thesis Title: Temperature Effects on Growth and Stress Physiology of Brook Trout: Implications for Climate Change Impacts on an Iconic Cold-Water Fish

Recent grad Charney publishes in Evolution

Noah Charney has a paper in the May 2012 issue of Evolution, Relating hybrid advantage and genome replacement in unisexual salamanders. Noah, who received his PhD in 2011, was a student of Paige Warren's. Congratulations Noah!

Del Toro awarded Fulbright for research in Australia

OEB Doctoral Candidate Israel Del Toro will spend the upcoming year in Australia as a Fulbright Fellow working at the CSIRO Tropical Ecosystems Research Centere with Dr. Allan Andersen. During his Fellowship, Del Toro will investigate how ant communities change across environmental gradients in the tropics and savannahs of the Northern Territory and Queensland. Congratulations!

Rosario shows that mantis shrimp pack one of the strongest punches on Earth

Michael Rosario, OEB doctoral student and DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow, is studying the physics, design and material properties behind the mantis shrimp's powerful punch. Rosario's work is detailed in a DEIXIS article . He and his advisor, Sheila Patek, have recently been featured in Ninja Shrimp on the National Geographic Wild Channel.

Concannon publishes in Molecular Ecology

First year OEB MS student Moira Concannon has a first-authored paper in the February issue of Molecular Ecology. The paper, Kin selection may contribute to lek evolution and trait introgression across an avian hybrid zone, features her undergraduate research. Concannon works in the Albertson lab. Congrats Moira!

Spring 2012 TLDG

The theme for this spring's Thursday Lunch Discussion Group (TLDG) is Interesting papers by upcoming seminar speakers. On weeks without a seminar speaker, other topical papers will be chosen for discussion. Papers are posted on the TLDG website.

TLDG meets at 12:30 p.m. in 319 Morrill 2 and lunch is provided. All of the OEB community is invited to participate.

February Science Café: Antibiotics

Antibiotics: Resistance is FutileMonday, Feb. 27th, 5:30pm
Esselon Café, 99 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley

Picture of Antibiotic Resistance Science Cafe Poster

Antibiotics. ‘Tis the season for…sniffles. Join us at the next Science Café for a conversation on the war we wage on germs. We’ll have a fun hour of discussion, games, music, and a talk by UMass Professor and founder of the MA Academy of Sciences, Dr. Peg Riley. Dr. Riley will discuss her own work on our need for new drugs to combat germs, and how we find them. The event begins at 5:30pm, with light snacks provided and drinks available for purchase.

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