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…
Pleased with the publication of a new paper by TAMU Animal Science student Jennifer Riser, to which my lab contributed through Salmonella testing using PCR methods. Kudos for former postdoc Dr. Charlotte Hieke who performed the work. Check out the new pub here.
Our first paper on Red Junglefowl captive population genetics has been published in the Journal PeerJ. This resulted from great work by former postdoc Charlotte Hieke and undergraduate researcher Nikolas Faust. Check it out here: Effective Population Sizes and Adaptive Genetic Variation in a Captive Bird Population.
Several lab members turned out to help capture, band, and bleed the new cohort of captive Junglefowl that were born here at TAMU. It was the first experience with capturing and bleeding birds for our two newest undergraduate researchers Reina Hingoranee and Younghee (Grace) Jeon. Monitoring the genetics of these populations regularly helps us understand how parentage and the mating system works in Junglefowl, as well as inform our investigations of long term trends in small populations. The DNA from the…
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!
Jamie Alfieri (re)joined the lab as a Ph.D Student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program. Jamie will be working on the genomics of avian hybridization. Welcome back Jamie!
Our manuscript looking focusing on microbiota acquisition under different photoperiods is now under review at PeerJ and is also published as a preprint. Check it out here: Circadian disruption and divergent microbiota acquisition under extended photoperiods in chicken
PhD student Travis Williams won the best oral presentation award in the Genetics and Genomics section at PSA. Congrats Travis!