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February 25, 2014

Proposal Exam Dates

Andrew Nishida –  Tuesday, 2/25  9AM  327 Pacific

Rudy Borowczak –  Thursday, 2/27  8AM  327 Pacific

Dan Thomas –Tuesday,  3/4  9AM  327 Pacific

Felipe Campos-Cerda -Monday, 3/10  1PM  217 LISB

Kyle Meyer – Friday, 3/14  1PM  317 Huestis

Christine O’Connor – Monday, 3/17  8AM 327 Pacific

Allison Fuiten – Monday, 3/17  2PM  317 Huestis

February 17, 2014

Winter term rotation talks – Wednesday, March 19 – 331 Klamath

Graduate Rotation Talks

331 Klamath Hall

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

1:00 Andrea Loes DeRose
1:15 Jarrett Lebov Prehoda
1:30 James McDermott Prehoda
1:45 William Storck Stankunas
2:00 Kimberly Jones Stankunas
2:30 Sunny Ketchum Harms
2:45 Kevin McNaught Harms
3:00 Sean Naughton Pluth
3:15 Gabriel Yette Doe
3:30 Keats Conley Sutherland
4:00 Anya Hopple Roy
4:15 Abigail Duffy Bridgham
4:30 Robert Steury Guillemin
4:45 Alexander Weimer Cresko
5:00 Heather Archer Cresko


January 14, 2014

GrEBES Research Award Announced

Congratulations to Dan Thomas on receiving the Grebes’ Fall Research Award!

The $800 cash award will go towards funding his doctoral research in Ecuador.

There will be another $800 Research Award coming up this Winter term for which any Grebes member is eligible.

Ashley Bateman
Bohannan & Green Labs

December 17, 2013

Plankton Genetics Highlighted at JASM

A special session on “Advances in Population Genetics and Population Genomics of Plankton” proposed by Michelle Wood and Karin Rengefors (recent CEEB seminar speaker) has been approved for the May, 2014, Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon. JASM is a joint international meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the Phycological Society of America (PSA), Society for Wetland Science (SWS), and the Society for Freshwater Science (formerly NABS). Karin and Michelle are joined with scientists from Finland and Germany in organizing this special session that will highlight applications of generation sequencing methods and other approaches to the study of population genetic change and adaptation in these globally important organisms. For more information on JASM, see

October 22, 2013

Fall Term 2013 Rotation Talks – 331 Klamath

Graduate Rotation Talks

331 Klamath Hall

Monday, 9 December 2013

2:00 Heather Archer Thornton
2:15 Abigail Duffy Wood
2:30 Keats Conley Wood
2:45 BREAK
3:00 Anya Hopple Bridgham
3:15 Alexander Weimer Streisfeld
3:30 Robert Steury Parthasarathy



Graduate Rotation Talks

331 Klamath Hall

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


1:30 James McDermott Pluth
1:45 Jarrett Lebov Barkan
2:00 Kevin McNaught Barkan
2:15 Gabriel Yette Selker
2:30 Kaylyn Kirkpatrick Selker
2:45 BREAK
3:00 Sunny Ketchum Prehoda
3:15 William Storck Nolen
3:30 Andrea Loes Guillemin
3:45 Sean Naughton DeRose
4:00 Kimberly Jones Doe



June 27, 2013

Path of key proteins in health and disease began with two ancient mutations

UO News on the work of the Thornton lab

EUGENE, Ore. — (June 25, 2013) — Two tiny mutations in a single protein 500 million years ago caused steroid hormones to take on their crucial present-day roles, including key effects on sexual reproduction and development, regulation of stress and immunity, and the growth of breast and prostate cancers, report scientists from the University of Oregon and three other institutions.

The findings — placed online this week ahead of regular publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — are the newest in a long-running series of work under the direction of biologist Joe Thornton of the UO’s Institute of Ecology and Evolution, and Michael J. Harms, a postdoctoral scientist in Thornton’s lab.

Read the full story here


June 3, 2013

IE² Rotation Talks: Thursday, June 13th – 171 Onyx Bridge

Institute of Ecology & Evolution

Rotation Talks

 Spring Term 2013

Note New Location:  Room 171 Onyx Bridge

 Thursday, June 13th


1:00 PM – Andrew Nishida

1:15 PM – Allison Fuiten

1:30PM – Felipe Campos-Cerda




2:00 PM – Dan Thomas

 2:15 PM – Rudy Borowczak

2:30 PM– Christine O’Connor

2:45 PM – Kyle Meyer

3:00 PM – Luke Wheeler

3:15 PM – Adam Struck

May 14, 2013

Holly Arnold, IE² PhD candidate, receives Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award

The award is designed to support outstanding master’s and doctoral students pursuing academic, professional development or training enrichment opportunities during Summer 2013. Holly is using the award to participate in the Complex Systems Summer School at Santa Fe Institute.

April 18, 2013

IE² member Jessica Green named Guggenheim Fellow

During her time as a Guggenheim Fellow, Jessica plans to work on two closely related efforts: (1) the development of microbial community assembly theory for urban environments and (2) the production of a graphic novel about the built environment microbiome, titled Cities Unseen.

Read the full story in UO News here

March 25, 2013

The University of Oregon president, Michael R. Gottfredson was in Salem this week reinforcing the importance of funding valuable university research.

Research professors at the university say the field has received less and less funding over the years. While they understand the budget strain everyone’s under, they hope the president’s testimony could at least help keep the status quo.

President Michael Gottfredson says it’s important for legislators to be reminded of what these universities provide for not only the students but the community as a whole.

Last year, in terms of non-resident tuition and the research grants and contracts generated by faculty, half a billion dollars were spent in the Eugene area alone.

“Thinking about the research university broadly, what this university does and all great other universities do, has a mission to provide the highest educational opportunities to the citizens of the state and broad access to great educational opportunities,” Gottfredson said.

Gottfredson says the investment in these institutions is truly an investment in everyone’s future.

Professors and students hope that legislators will recognize the impact these basic programs have on advancement of our society and that they continue to support the work being done.

See the Phillip’s lab featured on KEZI news here

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