Woohoo! Drs. Vourlitis and Sethuraman were recently awarded a USDA REEU grant #2017-06423, titled "From field to lab to the classroom - Development of a research-based undergraduate course in Molecular Methods for the agricultural/natural resource sciences". This grant will allow the PI's to co-teach BIOL 540 "Molecular Methods in Ecology and Evolution" over the next four years (every Spring), to incorporate a research-based curriculum in metagenomics and population genomics.
A compilation of symposium notes from the Conservation Genomics 2017 workshop has now been published in Evolutionary Applications. Congratulations, and thanks to Sarah Hendricks for putting this paper together! Read the paper here.
Melissa and Arun recently presented their research on ghost populations, and estimating relatedness using InRelate at the Population, Evolutionary, Quantitative Genetics 2018 (PEQG 2018) meeting in Madison, WI.
Yumary was recently awarded the CSUSM College of Science and Mathematics Award for Outstanding Faculty-Student Collaboration in Biotechnology for her exemplary work in the lab, and for being a model-undergraduate student. Congrats, Yumary!
Bryce and Arun spent Spring Break in the Weisrock-Linnen super-lab at the University of Kentucky, learning and prepping lady beetle samples from three species of Coccinellid beetles for ddRAD-seq population genomics. Looking forward to all that data! Special thanks to Kara Jones, Dave Weisrock, and John Obrycki for being amazing hosts! Here are some pics of us hard at work.
Sethuraman hosted two sessions on the use of model-based population genomics software/pipelines at the Conservation Genomics 2017 Workshop, an annual workshop hosted by Brian Hand and Gordon Luikart and colleagues at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana.
Yumary and Hannah presented their summer research (graciously funded by CSUSM's Summer Scholars program, and a GPSM grant from CSUSM's Office of Graduate Studies and Research to Arun Sethuraman) at the Summer Scholars' Showcase on Wednesday, 8/9/2017. They will also present this poster at the 2nd Annual CSU Symposium at UCLA on 8/14/2017 (Monday). Kudos to their hard work all summer, and continued work on this project!
Sethuraman and Hey, in collaboration with TUTeach hosted a workshop on genomics and bioinformatics for high school teachers and teachers in training the week of June 26th - 30th, 2017. Teachers and trainees were paired up and introduced to the field of genomic sequence analyses and how they can incorporate bioinformatics (through introductory Python coding) in their classrooms. Watch this space for all the amazing lesson plans that were developed during this week-long session!
We are so proud of our newest graduates, Katie, Melissa, Michael, Shiori, and James! Congratulations on your graduation! Here are a few neat pictures from graduation last weekend. We wish you the best in all your future endeavors.