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First interview as a “real” scientist!

I recently was interviewed as a “not involved in this study” scientific expert for the first time! Getting to read a soon-to-be released paper (Radchuk et al. 2019, Nature Communications) and discuss it with a journalist was a new and interesting experience for me!

Read the PBS NOVA coverage of the article (by Katherine Wu) here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/animal-adaptation-climate-change/

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Large collaboration leads to a new paper in BioScience

I’m a co-author on a paper recently out in BioScience (led by Cissy Ballen) examining the influence of various aspects of the learning environment on participation by women in STEM courses. This was a large, multi-institutional collaboration and our extensive dataset allowed us to demonstrate that smaller class sizes encourage more participation by women students. This study was also highlighted on the home page of the Cornell Chronicle last week!

Read the paper here: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/biosci/biz069/5530926

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AOS 2019: Anchorage, AK

I’ve just returned from visiting the perpetual summer sunshine in Alaska for the annual AOS meeting! In collaboration with Jen Walsh and Gemma Clucas, I organized a symposium focused on avian hybrid zone research. We had a great set of speakers and had great attendance throughout the two sessions!

I presented on the second chapter of my dissertation where I use whole-genome sequencing of northern flickers to (finally!) identify differentiated regions of the genome and identify associations between genotype and phenotypic differences. Converting this project into a manuscript has been slow going for me, but I hope to have it written up and submitted for review in the next few months!

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Connecting Research and Teaching Conference

Gregor Siegmund and I presented a talk on a study examining gender differences in participation in Cornell’s introductory evolution course (a project that was started as a result of our participation in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Program).

We show that men participate disproportionately across all interaction categories we observed, and use survey data to understand how men and women view the course. The corresponding paper is currently in the review process and hopefully will be out soon!