Noah Fierer receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

April 9, 2010

Fantastic news! Noah Fierer has just been informed that his CAREER proposal has been recommended for funding. An integrated study of the effects of nutrient additions on grassland soil microbial communities" Amount = $655,617 over 5 years. Here is the project summary: Terrestrial ecosystems across the globe are receiving elevated...

Katie Dosch awarded NSF predoctoral fellowship

April 7, 2010

Here is her title and abstract: Diversity and disease: how do changes in pathogen communities influence disease risk for amphibians? Growing evidence suggests that diverse ecosystems provide a biological “buffer” from certain human and wildlife diseases, and understanding the underlying mechanisms is essential to predicting the impact of emerging diseases...

Matt Wilkins awarded NSF predoctoral fellowship

April 7, 2010

NSF has awarded a predoctoral fellowship to Matt Wilkins for his thesis research on sexual selection and incipient speciation in barn swallows. Matt leaves in a few days for Israel and Turkey, so try to congratulate him before he disappears. The title and abstract for the project are below, as...

NSF grant to Rob Guralnick

April 5, 2010

Rob Guralnick has received an NSF Grant entitled Map of Life: An infrastructure for integrating global species distribution knowledge. This new collaborative research award is from NSF Advances in Biological Informatics and is split between Rob and Walter Jetz at Yale University. The award amount is $990K over three years,...

Noah Fierer publishes in PNAS

March 16, 2010

Noah Fierer and his colleagues (including Elizabeth Costello, previously in EBIO, now at Stanford) have a paper coming out in PNAS about the possibility of identifying individuals from the community of bacteria on their hands. This was in the Boulder Camera this morning, but it has already been picked up...

Clint Francis awarded postdoctoral fellowship at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) at Duke

Feb. 26, 2010

Clinton Francis has just heard that he has been awarded a two year postdoctoral fellowships at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) at Duke. Here are the title and the summary of his project: Acoustic signal space conservatism: a framework for signal flexibility in noise PROJECT SUMMARY Background noise interferes...

Safran lab in PLOS One

Feb. 25, 2010

Becca Safran , Matt Wilkins, Joey Hubbard and Julie Marling have published a paper in PLOS One , describing the dynamic nature of carotenoid concentrations in barn swallows, and relationships with fitness. Here is a link to the paper: Congratulations to the Safran Lab !

Ned Friedman keynote speaker at Darwin Day

Feb. 10, 2010

Ned Friedman will deliver the Keynote Address for the Darwin Day celebration at the University of Tennessee. This is the most recent of his many activities (teaching and lecturing) expressing his abiding interest in pre-Darwinian evolutionary biology. Congratulations to Ned!

Mike Grant is an ACE!

Feb. 1, 2010

Mike Grant is a recipient of ACE award by the American Council on Education for his technological innovations to facilitate interactions with foreign students. He will be presenting a paper on this work at the International Collaborative 2010 meeting Arlington, VA later this week, and he will be honored at...

Alan Townsend in Scientific American

Jan. 23, 2010

Alan Townsend and Robert Howarth have just had their article entitled "Fixing the Global Nitrogen Problem" appear in Scientific American. This article looks at nitrogen emanating from tailpipes, smokestacks and fertilizers, and their increasing impacts on environments around the world. You can view a copy at: Congratulations, Alan!