Our latest article on chicken gut microbiota was published in the journal Animals. In this work, we assessed if and how dietary protein ingredients (soybean-based or cottonseed based) interacted with the housing environment – caged or cage-free in chicken, in generating the gut microbiota communities. We report that the housing environment had a profound impact on the gut microbiota. Read more about it here: The role of housing environment and dietary protein source on the gut microbiota of chicken
Shawna Marie Hubert, first graduate student of the Athrey Lab successfully defended her Ph.D thesis today. Congratulations and great job Shawna!!
We had a great Darwin Day this year. Our lab put in a strong show – a team effort showcasing a bit of all we do. Overall a fun outreach event.
I am teaching my genomics & bioinformatics (graduate) course this spring. It has gone well in past years and was popular with students.
As 2018 comes to an end, I am going to be out of office the rest of the month. It’s been a busy year, probably the busiest since starting this lab. thanks are due to my students (and former members) of the lab as we pushed on through some setbacks and limited resources at times. I’ll use this opportunity to reflect on some significant things this year New people We were joined this year by Ph.D student James Alfieri. We…
Four undergraduate researchers (Savannah Butters, Elizabeth Berry, Lauren Arnold, and Daniella Burleson) working on the captive junglefowl colony as part of the CEFAM project under Travis Williams presented at the Aggie Research Program on their ongoing work on behavioral studies of captive populations. Well done guys!
New paper from Athrey’s postdoc was published recently in BMC Genomics. Check it out
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.
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.
Darwin Day was celebrated on Feb 19th at TAMU. Nice art submissions and some fun activities for young naturalists were on offer.