Fabiane Mundim – a nematologist, ecologist, and plant physiologist – has joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher! She comes to us from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she worked on the impact of root parasites on the stability of ant-aphid mutualisms above ground. Welcome Fabiane!
2nd-year undergraduate Sophie Wong received a grant from the Ingrassia Family Echols Scholars Research Fund to support her work using experimental evolution to select for thermal tolerance in the algal symbionts of coral. Congratulations Sophie!
Asexual parasites and their extraordinary host ranges: https://academic.oup.com/icb/article-abstract/59/6/1463/5498565
Extensive musings on a problem nicely summarized White (1973, Animal Cytology and Evolution)
“It is not entirely clear…how forms whose genetic system must be very inflexible manage to become adapted to new environments when they do get transported to them: the apparent ecological versatility in space seems to be at variance with their lack of ecological versatility in time.”
Thanks to Simran for help in data collection, Ryan Earley for inviting the paper, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin for the time to think.
The Gibson lab had a blast at the Southeastern Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Conference at Clemson this weekend! Big congratulations to Emily and Anna for presenting awesome posters on their work.
The Gibson lab achieved Gold Level Certification as part of UVA’s Green Lab’s Sustainability Program!! We’re one of only four labs on campus to have achieved Gold, the highest level of the program. Thanks in particular to our Green Leader Anne Janisch for spearheading this effort!
3rd-year undergraduate and media queen Emily Tillet was featured in a recent video ad for the University of Virginia, “a place of near-infinite possibility!” Look for her at second 51.
2nd-year undergraduate Sophie Wong was featured in UVA Today! Sophie has contributed to an awesome science and outreach project on the role of bison in prairie restoration in South Dakota. The project is led by a a team of undergraduates and Global Development Studies professor David Edmunds. Read more here: https://news.virginia.edu/content/where-bison-roam-native-plants-may-flourish
Simran got accepted to the Population Biology of Infectious Diseases REU program at the University of Georgia http://reu.ecology.uga.edu/ – congratulations Simran! Then she’s headed off to study abroad in Salamanca. So many exciting moves!
Anna Nguyen has received a Schwager Scholarship from UVA to continue research in the lab this summer. Congratulations Anna!! We’re pumped you can keep hanging out with us this summer.