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June 20, 2014

Biology and Agriculture using friendly microbes

At the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, researchers have long been on the cutting edge of microbiome research.  Daniel Thomas, a PhD student in the Roy Lab at IE2, is taking his studies on the plant microbiome out of the lab and into a remote Andean Valley in South America, where he hopes to help in the battle against the coffee rust and other plant diseases.

 

In the Intag Valley, coffee farmers in the cooperative Asociación Agroartesanal de Cafecultores Río Intag (AACRI) are interested in harnessing plant “probiotics” in the struggle against the coffee rust and other agricultural pathogens. They have started a basic production facility, where they culture target species of bacteria and fungi from the soil of their region, to apply to their coffee plants and other crops. AACRI recently asked the members of the Roy Lab to help them to quantitatively test the benefits of their microbes, and verify their identifications.  This summer Daniel Thomas is going to travel to the Intag Valley to help the coffee growers of the region with their unique project in sustainable, affordable pest control using beneficial, locally-cultured fungi and bacteria.

 

More information is available at www.kickstarter.com, a fundraising site for the project:

 

<www.kickstarter.com/projects/2006172860/biologos-y-agricultores>

June 9, 2014

Graduate Rotation Talks: 6/6/14

Graduate Rotation Talks

331 Klamath Hall

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

10:00 AM Andrea Loes Harms
10:15 Jarrett Lebov Harms
10:30 James McDermott Nolan
10:45 Sunny Ketchum Berglund
  BREAK  
11:15 Kimberly Jones Prehoda
11:30 William Storck Selker
11:45 Gabriel Yette Stankunas
  LUNCH  
1:30 PM Keats Conley Sutherland
1:45 Alexander Weimer Phillips
2:00 Heather Archer Phillips
  BREAK  
2:30 Anya Hopple Bohannan
2:45 Robert Steury Bohannan

 

April 28, 2014

GrEBES “Astrobiology: Life at the Limits” Spring Seminar Series

 

The Astrobiology: Life at the Limits Spring Seminar Series is a free and public event that brings in three distinguished speakers to the University of Oregon to give a public talk about Astrobiology, a general science topic of interest to our Eugene community. This three-part series will be kicked off on April 30th by Dr. Lynn Rothschild (NASA Ames researcher and professor at Stanford and Brown Universities) who will be giving a talk titled “Extremophiles and the search for life in the universe”.  The second talk in the series will be given on May 7th by Dr. Christopher McKay (NASA Ames planetary scientist) titled “The search for life on other plants, with an update from the Mars Curiosity Rover”. Dr. Margaret Turnbull (astrobiologist and professor) will give the final talk in our series on May 28th titled “Nearby Exoplanets: Will there ever be another Earth?”.  This event is proudly hosted by GrEBES (Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students), an ASUO-supported student organization.

The lectures are all in 282 Lillis Hall from 7 pm to 8 pm (April 30th, May 7th, & May 28th).

 

Joe Thornton chosen for 2014 Guggenheim fellowship

University of Oregon biologist Joe Thornton, who splits his academic time with a faculty position at the University of Chicago, is among 178 scholars, artists and scientists named as winners of 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships.

Guggenheim Fellows are chosen based on their prior achievement and exceptional promise.

Full story. (more…)

April 25, 2014

Spring Term Dissertation Defenses – May 28

Save the date -Wednesday, May 28th!

Three IE² candidates are scheduled to defend on Wednesday, May 28th:

Kristin Sikkink – 9AM

Tobias Policha – 2PM

Alida Gerritsen – 3:30PM

 

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
  BREAK  
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
  BREAK  
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.
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Ashley Bateman
abateman@uoregon.edu
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 http://sgmeet.com/jasm2014/

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

 

 

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