I’m excited to say that I’ve successfully defended my PhD! And equally excited to say that I’ve accepted a postdoctoral position at Stanford University in the Stanford Science Fellows program! I’m really looking forward to moving back West and spending some time in the California sun! I’ll be pursuing the genetic basis of mate choice in swordtails with Molly Schumer—a switch from my PhD work on flickers, but hopefully it’ll be a fun change!
I’m very excited to say that this chapter of my dissertation is officially published! I use whole genome sequencing in allopatric and hybrid flickers to identify the regions of the genome that produce their plumage color differences!
I’m very excited to see a new paper led by the (former) undergraduate, Chloe Mikles, officially out in Molecular Ecology! It was an honor to work with Chloe on her Senior Honors Thesis and I look forward to hearing more about what she accomplishes with these LBBs (little brown birds). You can find the paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.15647
Summers are always the time for academic conferences, but this year was a little different. I’ve participated in two conferences in the last few weeks: the Great Lakes Annual Meeting of Evolutionary Genomics and the North American Ornithological Conference VII. These were supposed to be held in Rochester, NY and San Jose, Puerto Rico, but due to COVID-19 they ended up being virtual. It was definitely interesting getting to connect with colleagues and present my work from the comfort of my own home. I can see both the positive and negative aspects of entirely virtual conferences, so I hope they can continue but don’t totally replace in-person conferences in the future!
I presented on the results from my recent bioRxiv preprint and got lots of useful feedback! I was even awarded an honorable mention for the Student Presentation Awards at NAOC, which is huge given they had 200+ presentations up for awards this year!
I’m excited to share that the biggest chapter of my dissertation—whole genome sequencing in flickers to identify the genetic basis of their color differences—is now available on bioRxiv! It feels great to finally have this paper out in the world!
Read it here: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.10.197715
My recent paper (in collaboration with Gregor Siegmund) has been included in a recent issue of Teaching, a weekly newsletter in the Chronicle of Higher Education
My new paper (in collaboration with Gregor Siegmund) out in CBE—Life Sciences Education has been covered in the Cornell Chronicle!
My paper (with co-first author Gregor Siegmund) focused on classroom participation is now available in CBE—Life Sciences Education. We observed a large, introductory biology course and demonstrate that men participate more in the classroom than expected based on class composition. (We show this is also true across the different types of participation we observed.) Additionally, we use course surveys to show that women in the course report lower scientific self-efficacy and higher salience of gender identity than men.
The paper is open access and available here: https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.19-03-0048
Last week, I was the featured scientist on 46 Questions, a website that aims to make science more inclusive by “highlighting those that do it” (and reminding you that we’re real people too!). Learn all about my penchant for ice cream and my love of all things Harry Potter in my interview!
And follow @46Questions on Twitter to see future interviews!
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/