Friday, June 13, 2014

What's New in the Lab?

The summer field season is in full swing and a lot has been happening!

Anna Meyer and her crew have deployed to central Texas to collect harvester and fire ants.

Rachel Granberg is hard at work at Camp Bowie collecting vegetation and Texas horned lizard data.

Nick Goforth has returned to the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico to continue his bat research.

Clara Frasconi-Wendt and Tabea Malinowski are nearing the end of their degrees and are both putting the finishing touches on their MS theses.  Tabea defends on 23 June, and Clara will be defending in July.

Vidhur Sohini graduated in May with a BS in Biology.  He is off to Texas Tech University's School of Medicine to pursue an MD.  On behalf of the entire lab, congratulations to him!

I recently taught a two week field entomology course in Junction, Texas.  The students were wonderful and enthusiastic.  Plus, I got to spend my time catching insects!  I am spending the majority of the rest of my summer in Lubbock, working on grant proposals and publications.

I am also pleased to introduce our newest lab member, Britt Smith.  Britt recently completed an MS at Oklahoma State University and will be working on a PhD in the lab.  His interests include rangeland insects, grazing ecology, and, of course, fire ecology.  I'm excited to have him on board!  Expect more updates as he gets settled.

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