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.
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!