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Marie-Claire: a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow!!

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Marie-Claire recently won, and just started, a prestigious University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship! The Edwards Lab is lucky to have her. Dan is very excited to work with Marie-Claire and Prof. Carolin Frank to discover the impacts of sexual selection, the environment and disease on the evolution of sexual size dimorphism in Sceloporus occidentalis in California!

Turtle frog paper now out!

A paper with my colleagues from the Keogh Lab at The Australian National University has just come out in PLoS One on the weird and wonderful Turtle Frog, Myobatrachus gouldii!


You can find the pdf on our Publications page.

Lab news update

It has been a busy year for the Edwards Lab. This was my first time teaching, so things like updating the lab website have been lower on my priority list than keeping up with new course preparation. But we have some exciting news to share on a number of fronts, and some other exciting news on the horizon which I will post about later.


To start, Kinsey won a couple of large awards over the last semester. Firstly, she won a Southern California Edison Summer Fellowship worth ~$12,600 (including summer stipend and research money). Next she won the School of Natural Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Scholar Fellowship worth ~$18,000 to cover her Spring 2017 tuition and salary. Next up she won a prestigious National Geographic Waitt Grant providing her with $15,000 toward her dissertation research. Kinsey has been having a good year and we are all very proud of her achievements!


Indianna also won ~$1400 from the Associated Students of the University of California, Merced (ASUCM) Undergraduate Research Grants. This will allow her to travel to Greece to do field work with Kinsey this summer.


Laura also won ~$1600 travel award from the Environmental Systems Graduate Program to travel to the Evolution Conference this summer. She also got into the La Kretz Conservation Genomics Workshop and will be going to learn a whole bunch about undertaking conservation genomics projects!


Meg was also accepted into the Workshop on Quantitative Genetics at Friday Harbor and will be going to learn a whole bunch of new sweet skills this summer.


Justin was appointed the Environmental Systems, Ecology & Evolution (ESEE) Postdoctoral Fellow for 2017. He has been leading a bunch of meetings to promote interdisciplinary research in ESEE across campus, working with graduate students and postdocs to increase scholarly activities across UC Merced.


Kaithlen Zen Pacheco also joined our lab as an undergraduate researcher. We are very happy to have her along for the rid, and you can read a little more about Kaithlen on our People page.


Finally, myself and Kinsey wrote and won a Texas Ecolab Grant (~$14,000) to undertake research on Uta stansburiana and Urosaurus ornatus across western Texas. The lab is currently beginning a field trip to undertake this work.


That’s all for now….

A few new members…

It has been some time since I have posted any news. We had a VERY busy summer collecting lizards across the SW US. This semester brings us several new members to the lab. We welcome Megha, Laura and Marie-Claire to the lab! See our People page to meet our new folks.

Kinsey wins a Rosemary Grant Award!!!

Just out today, a big congratulations to Kinsey on her Rosemary Grant Award from The Society for the Study of Evolution. Such a proud advisor moment!