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!
All three PhD students in the lab presented their research (oral presentations) in the Genetics and Genomics sessions at PSA in San Antonio. Travis Williams, who presented a talk titled ” In silico verification of miRNA function in the chicken genome”, won the best oral presentation award in the Genetics and Genomics section. Well done. Another highlight at PSA was Aggie Breakfast at Pat O’Brien’s, which was a welcome break after a busy proposal season.
Our manuscript looking at genetic diversity and effective population sizes in a captive Red Junglefowl population is now published as a preprint while it is under peer review. Kudos to undergrad researcher Nic Faust who worked on generating some of the data in this manuscript. Check out the paper here: Effective population sizes and adaptive genetic variation in a captive bird population
Undergraduate researchers Nik Faust and Morgan Modrzejewski presented a talk and poster, respectively, on the work they have been doing in our lab, at the Texas A&M Student Research Week. SRW is the largest student-run symposium of its kind. Congrats to Nik and Morgan for the hard work that led to the presentations!
My lab put together a booth on domestication during the 2018 Darwin Day event. Many thanks to Travis Williams and Charlotte for helping with the set-up and for manning the booth. It turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful event. There was even a birthday cake cutting.