How fast can vertebrates adapt to new environments? In a recent publication in PNAS, the Cresko lab and collaborators from University of Alaska Anchorage presented evidence that, in just five decades, some freshwater populations of stickleback fish have diverged morphologically and genomically from their immediate marine relatives. And this divergence is nearly as great as has been measured in freshwater populations that were founded by marine fish more than 10,000 years ago. The study took advantage of natural freshwater populations of fish that could not have existed before the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, which dramatically heaved up sea floor around marine islands and created new freshwater ponds. The researchers used RAD-seq genotyping of over 1000 fish to analyze genetic structure and conclude that rapid adaptation happened several times independently among the more than 20 populations studied. The findings have significance for understanding how fast even species with long generation times can adapt in a changing environment. Read more at this article on “Around the O”.
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.
DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
PHD FINAL ORAL DEFENSE
“Ecological roles of fungal endophytes”
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 3:00 PM
331 Klamath Hall
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
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 (http://ie2.uoregon.edu) 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 https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6043. 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.
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.
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).
Lucas Nebert and Keats Conley are recipients of the
The Graduate School, through a faculty review committee, presents the awards for innovation contributions to the students’ disciplines.
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
10:45 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
3:00 Jana Jenquin, BIOCHEM Prehoda
3:15 Connor Balzer, BIOCHEM Nolen
3:30 Jessie Wilson, BIOCHEM DeRose
3:45 Joseph Harman, BIOCHEM Harms
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”