Sean McHugh (’18) and Brianna Mims (’19) are off to grad school! Sean will be attending Virginia Tech next semester, and Brianna will be joining the EEB department at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Congrats to both, and we know you will both do great things!
Kelly was honored yesterday with the news that she has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and will be inducted in a ceremony to be held at Harvard in October!
Of course it is a great honor. but this is what she is really excited about! Michelle Obama was elected this year too!
Lina Arcila Hernandez will be joining us starting May 2019. She will fill the new ALI post-doc position in EEB to study the feasibility and efficacy of implementing social and team-based learning in online teaching platforms. Lina will be teaching in BioEE1781, the online version of Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, and working with Michelle Smith and Kelly Zamudio on her research. We look forward to having her!
Congratulations to Cait McDonald! Cait received a MAF Fellowship for her project entitled: Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) Immune Responses to the Next Amphibian Threat, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal).
She will be comparing differences in Bsal resistance/susceptibility among newt populations that occupy a latitudinal gradient. Stay tuned for cool results!
Congrats to Anat Belasen, who is finishing up her PhD at University of Michigan and will be joining us in August 2019 as a Smith Post-Doctoral Fellow! Her project, “Leveraging the Past to Preserve the Future: Finding a Litmus Test for Amphibian Disease Susceptibility” will examine genomic changes in frogs impacted by disease, as a means of predicting susceptibility. Anat will be based at Cornell, but also advised by Rob Fleischer at Smithsonian National Zoo Center for Conservation Genomics, and Laura Patterson (state herpetologist) at California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Welcome Anat!