Grad student Shannon Kieran was interviewed on the UC Merced graduate student podcast RadioBio! She discussed the life history of vernal pool fairy shrimp and described her research using eDNA to understand vernal pool biodiversity. Nice job, Shannon! Here is a link to the episode: https://soundcloud.com/user-386034408/radiobio-dispatches-vernal-pools
The GVL had a great showing at the Bay Delta Science Conference in mid-September! Six of us gave presentations, including students Amanda Coen, Ann Holmes, and Shannon Joslin. Andrea, Mandi, and Alisha Goodbla also presented. Ann Holmes received the “Best Student Oral Presentation Award!” Congratulations, Ann!
Congratulations Ensi Habibi on her Animal Biology Graduate Group summer fellowship, and Amanda Coen and Ann Holmes on their Jastro Shields Fellowship. Great job folks! Ann Holmes also won special funding for Graduate Group in Ecology students.
The GVL is looking for a mature, responsible undergraduate student with some lab experience and excellent attention to detail to help us enter sampling information from the GVL’s tissue and DNA collection into archiving software. We are looking for someone able to start this summer and continue until the archiving is completed (fall or winter quarters). Please check out our job posting on Aggie Job Link for more information. Job ID 839427
Matt turned in his thesis today and is officially a Master of Science! Congratulations, Matt! Keep an eye out for his paper, soon to be submitted to Conservation Genetics, entitled “To breed or not to breed? Maintaining genetic diversity in white sturgeon supplementation programs.”
Congratulations to Aviva for receiving an honorable mention on her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship proposal! This is a notable achievement as thousands of students from around the US apply each year and only the very best proposals are recognized with funding or an honorable mention. Excellent work!
Benjamin et al. (2018) research about detecting hybrids and backcrosses between Wakasagi, Delta Smelt, and Longfin Smelt featured in UC Davis news!
When Every Fish Counts
Masters student and Marine Mammal Center volunteer extraordinaire, Matt Thorstensen, received the International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship at the University of Manitoba! Matt will be moving to U Manitoba in April to begin a PhD with Dr. Ken Jeffries. Congratulations, Matt!
Congratulations to PhD student Aviva Fiske! Aviva won the best student presentation at the 8th International Student Symposium, which meets every 4 years.
Shannon Kieran, a PhD student in the GVL won the Jastro Shields award for her proposal to look at Branchiopod cysts in the soil bank to further understand Branchiopod population genetics and ecology. Congratulations Shannon!
Welcome Shannon Joslin and Ensieh Habibi to the Genomic Variation Lab! Shannon comes from the world of humans to work on the assembly and annotation of the Delta Smelt genome, as well as examining Ne in historical samples and searching for a sex marker. Ensie comes to us from Berlin and Iran, and will be studying domestication in the hatchery population of Delta Smelt.
Shannon Kieran and Rachel Struch participated in the San Francisco March for Science on April 22, 2017.
GVL members Andrea Schreier, Mandi Finger, and Daphne Gille (in collaboration with Cramer Fish Sciences) were awarded a grant by California Department of Water Resources to bring stakeholders to the table to develop a reintroduction plan for Delta Smelt. The is the first step in coming to terms with the fact that we may need to use hatchery fish to supplement/reinforce the wild population while restoration projects are underway.
We have three new graduate students entering in 2016: Ann Holmes (PhD, GGE), Aviva Fiske (MS, GGE), Matt Thorstenson (MS, GGE). Welcome to the GVL!
Amanda Coen and Shannon Kieran were recently awarded a Jastro Shields grant and Natural Reserve System grant, respectively, to cover a portion of their research expenses. Amanda has also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention which is a high honor coming from such a prestigious funding program. Way to go, Amanda and Shannon!