Congratulations to Rohit Rohra who received his M.S in Biotechnology at the Spring 2017 commencement. Congrats also to Hamza Khan who received his B.S in Biomedical Sciences.
Global Big day (birding) is May 13th this year. Its a great opportunity for amateur and professional birders to support bird conservation and participate in this global citizen science project. Check out more details here.
On April 4th, Rohit Rohra successfully passed his final evaluation for his PPiB program, and in doing so will receive his M.S. Biotechnology in May 2017. He presented his program portfolio and research experiences to his committee and he was passed unanimously. Congratulations Rohit!
I participated in the Wakonse South Teaching conference held in Burnet, Texas over the weekend of March 31st. Other than being in a gorgeous location and the perfect time to be there, I had my mind blown repeatedly during some of the teaching workshops I attended there. I came back with some ideas to overhaul my own teaching, especially my undergrad genetics course. During the downtime in the conference, I made full use of the opportunity to be out and…
With the increased attention that golden-cheeked warblers are getting, with efforts to delist the species, I believe it is a great opportunity to educate and inform the lay population, as well as the very active birding community it Texas, about what the demographic recovery means and what it doesn’t. To follow up my talks in the last year with Audubon San Antonio and Texas Ornithological Society, I will be talking about this topic at Travis Audubon in May this year.
The endangered golden-cheeked warbler is making news again. Some groups in the state believe that the bird must be removed from the endangered species list, and hence open up land for urban development. Last time around (in 2015), the USFWS did not find sufficient evidence that the species had recovered enough to be taken off the list. The fact remains that Athrey et al showed in 2011 that the genetic diversity had declined so steeply in the past 100 years,…
Darwin Day was celebrated on Feb 19th at TAMU. Nice art submissions and some fun activities for young naturalists were on offer.
M.S. Biotechnology student Rohit Rohra (set to graduate in May 2017) was awarded the Outstanding Graduate student award following his presentation at the Biotechnology Advisory Council meeting on February 10th. His presentation was on the work he is doing in our lab, analyzing whole genome sequence data from multiple chicken breeds from around the world. His project identified specific high-impact genetic variants unique to specific chicken breeds. Congratulations Rohit!
The EEB program at Texas A&M will celebrate Darwin Day this year on February 19th.
The Athrey lab welcomed two students – Mohamed Ibrahim (started in Fall 2016) and Travis Williams – both into the PhD program in the department of poultry science. We also are looking forward to a new batch of chicks from our junglefowl colony, which we have successfully expanded two full size flocks. We recently relocated our colonies to renovated, spacious pens for our birds and they certainly seem to be getting…