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February 16, 2016

Bio student first at UO to win Gates Cambridge Scholarship

A double major in biology and environmental science, Amelia Fitch will spend a year earning a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Plant Sciences. Lately she’s been working in the lab of biology professor Scott Bridgham, director of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, pursuing an honors research project on carbon cycling in marine and freshwater wetlands. She’s particularly interested in how land management is affecting microbial life in those important ecosystems. Read the complete “Around the O” article here.

January 14, 2016

Roo Vandegrift Defense



 Roo Vandegrift


“Ecological roles of fungal endophytes”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 3:00 PM

331 Klamath Hall

October 29, 2015

Fall Term Rotation Talks: 12/8 – 331 Klamath

Graduate Rotation Talks 331 Klamath Hall
Tuesday, 8 December 2015

10:00 AM — Paul Reed — IEE Bridgham
10:15 AM — Anna Lakunina — ION Lockery
10:30 AM — Anneliese Morrison — IMB Harms
11:00 AM — Nicole Paterson — IMB DeRose
11:15 AM — Austin Harvey — IMB Libuda
11:30 AM — Michelle Sconce — IMB Stankunas


September 2, 2015

Open Position for Assistant Professor Evolutionary Biology

Assistant Professor Evolutionary Biology

Institute of Ecology and Evolution and Department of Biology

University of Oregon




The University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution ( and the Department of Biology invite applications for a tenure-related position (Assistant Professor) in evolutionary biology. We are particularly interested in candidates who use statistical, genomic and/or phylogenetic approaches to study fundamental evolutionary processes at the molecular level, but candidates with exemplary records in other areas of evolutionary biology are also invited to apply. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ph.D. required. Interested persons should apply online to the University of Oregon IE2 SEARCH at Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, a description of teaching experience and philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Submission of up to 3 selected reprints is encouraged. To be assured of consideration, application materials should be uploaded by October 1, 2015, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.



The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.


August 27, 2015

Emeritus professor George Carroll receives distinguished scientist award

Carroll’s exceptional career — which began in 1967 as an assistant professor at the UO — is now being recognized by the Mycological Society of America, which is presenting him with the Distinguished Mycologist Award.

The award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the society. It acknowledges the quantity, originality and quality of published research as well as the degree of service made to the society and the mycological community in general.

Read full story …

August 26, 2015

Michelle Wood at the Coastal Caucus Economic Summit

Michelle Wood will be participating in a panel addressing Oregon’s challenges and research needs with respect to ocean acidification and hypoxia at the Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit in Grand Ronde on Wednesday, August 26. Other panel participants include faculty from Oregon State University; Mark Wiegardt, the owner of Whiskey Creek Oyster Hatchery; Gabriella Goldfarb of the Governor’s Office. State; and State Representative Deborah Boone.
The Coastal Caucus Economic Summit is a two-day event (8/26-27) with a strong emphasis on the importance of K-20 education to Oregon’s future.
Other speakers from UO at the Summit include President Michael Schill and Professor Tim Duy (Economics).

July 21, 2015

Congratulations to Lucas Nebert and Keats Conley!

Lucas Nebert and Keats Conley are recipients of the

Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award.

The Graduate School, through a faculty review committee, presents the awards for innovation contributions to the students’ disciplines.

May 6, 2015

Graduate Rotation Talks, Wednesday 10 June 2015, 331 Klamath Hall

331 Klamath Hall
Wednesday 10 June 2015

9:30 AM Katja Kasimatis, IEE                  Harms
9:45 Keyyana Blount, IEE                           Roy
10:00 Precious deVerteuil, IEE               Cresko
10:15 Nicholas Ponvert, ION                    Neill
10:30 BREAK
10:45 Emily Sales, ION                             Bowerman
11:00 Sarah Stednitz ION                        Lockery
11:15 Angie Michaiel, ION                        Smear
11:30 Teresa Findley, ION                        Smear
1:30 PM Luis Sulivan, ION                       Doe
1:45 Brandon Mark, ION                          Herman
2:00 Aleesa Schlientz, IMB                      Herman
2:15 Emily Sutton, IMB                            Libuda
2:30 Maria Banuelos, IMB                       Ursell
2:45 BREAK
3:00 Jana Jenquin, BIOCHEM                 Prehoda
3:15 Connor Balzer, BIOCHEM                 Nolen
3:30 Jessie Wilson, BIOCHEM                 DeRose
3:45 Joseph Harman, BIOCHEM             Harms

April 16, 2015

GrEBES “Oceans: Fathoms Unexplored” Spring Seminar Series”

Although scientific breakthroughs are communicated to the public on a daily basis, the true meanings of these breakthroughs are often obscured by misinterpretation though the media lens and lack of context for the intended audience. The free and public Spring Seminar Series features leading scientists communicating scientific breakthroughs to a mixed audience of campus and community members.


This year we explore life in the ocean highlighting current research happening locally at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and Oregon State University. Dr. Craig Young speaks April 15th about the mysteries of reproduction in the deep sea. Dr. Bruce Menge speaks April 22nd about the critical loss of sea stars and what that means for the future of the marine ecosystem. Dr. Markus Horning speaks April 29th about new insights into the life and behaviors of marine mammals.  
The lectures are all in 282 Lillis Hall from 7 pm to 8 pm (April 15th,April 22nd, & April 29th)

Dr. Craig Young – Wednesday, April 15th (Oregon Institute of Marine Biology)

“Sex under pressure: how babies are made in the depths of the sea”


Dr. Bruce Menge – Wednesday, April 22nd (Oregon State University)

“Loss of intertidal sea star “Asteroid Belts”: Catastrophe or not?”


Dr. Markus Horning – Wednesday, April 29th (Oregon State University)

“Observing the unseen: studying marine predators in our changing coastal ecosystems”

February 12, 2015

Graduate Rotation Talks 3/16 and 3/19, 331 Klamath

Graduate Rotation Talks
331 Klamath Hall
Monday, 16 March 2015

1:00 PM Precious deVerteuil, IEE Guillemin
1:15 Luis Sullivan, ION Wehr
1:30 Nicholas Ponvert, ION Kentros
1:45 Angie Michaiel, ION Niell
2:15 Emily Sales, ION Doe
2:30 Brandon Mark, ION Doe
2:45 Teresa Findley, ION Lockery
3:00 Sarah Stednitz, ION Washbourne

331 Klamath Hall
Thursday, 19 March 2015
1:00 PM Katja Kasimatis, IEE Cresko
1:15 Maria Banuelos, IMB Bohannan
1:30 Aleesa Schlientz, IMB Guillemin
1:45 Emily Sutton, IMB Guillemin
2:15 Connor Balzer, BIOCHEM Herman
2:30 Jana Jenquin, BIOCHEM Herman
2:45 Joseph Harman, BIOCHEM Nolen
3:00 Jessie Wilson, BIOCHEM Prell
3:15 Ryan Holly, BIOCHEM Prehoda

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