- Ruth is serving as the Visiting Distinguished Ecologist for the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University.
- Rachel will be entering the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Graduate program at the Univ. of Minnesota in September. She will co-advised by Ruth and by Jessica Hellmann, director of UMN’s Institute on the Environment. Rachel has been awarded a College of Biological Sciences Excellence Fellowship to support her studies. Congratulations, Rachel!
- Nicholas is the 2017 recipient of the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. This award recognizes Nicholas’ efforts to strengthen the University community, his two-terms presidency of the Council of Graduate Students, and his service to University faculty, staff, and students. Congratulations, Nicholas!
- Seema, previously a post-doc with the Chamaecrista Project and currently a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley, is the recipient of the 2017 American Naturalist Student Paper Award. Her winning article, “Artificial selection reveals high genetic variation in phenology at the trailing edge of a species range,” was coauthored with her advisor Amy Angert. (Am Nat 187(2):182-193). Congratulations, Seema!
- Laura, previously a senior technician on the Healthy Prairies Project, has been hired as a crew leader by the Great Basin Institute, for a project based near Reno, NV.
- Ruth is the 2017 recipient of the Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists. This annual award “honors a senior but still active investigator who is making fundamental contributions to the Society’s goals, namely, promoting the conceptual unification of the biological sciences”. Congratulations, Ruth!
- Shelby presented findings from the Healthy Prairies Project’s local adaptation experiment at the National Native Seed Conference in Washington, D.C.
- Matthew Gullickson will be starting an M.S. program with Dr. Mary Rogers here at the University of Minnesota.
- Emma Boehm has an internship with NASA researching how plants grow in zero gravity.
- As of December 1st, Mason, Rachel and technician Becca Tucker finished planting the 3rd (and final planned) cohort of Chamaecrista fasciculata seeds. Many thanks to Vince Eckert and his students for their help, and congratulations!
- Nicholas, Shelby and Ruth were awarded $2,700 from the Institute on the Environment for their project, “Planting prairies: Collaboration for increasing native seed for restoration”. Stay tuned as the work unfolds!
- Anna and her co-authors have a paper in press at Ecology Letters: Cline, L.C., D.R. Zak, R.A. Upchurch, Z. Freedman, and A.R. Peschel. Soil microbial communities and elk migratory behavior: implications for soil biogeochemical cycling in the sagebrush steppe. Congratulations, Anna!
- The Healthy Prairies Project is very busy in the field – wild-harvesting seed from remnant prairies; installing the 2nd phase of a multi-site, long-term experiment assessing the geographic scale of local adaptation in 6 native prairie species; and collecting 2 rounds of data on the 2 species sown into that experiment last year.
- The Chamaecrista Project is having a very busy season – stay tuned for results!
- Sam Weaver, a former NSF REU student with the Shaw Group has entered the EEB Graduate Program where he is co-advised by Suzanne McGaugh and Ken Kozak.
- Amber successfully defended her dissertation, Fitness and adaptive capacity in a Minnesota prairie. She is now a Future Faculty Fellow in the Lotterhos and Hughes labs at Northeastern University. Congratulations, Amber!
- Samantha DelSerra (EEB, co-advisor: Peter Tiffin) and Naomi Rushing (EEB) joined the research group.
- Mason Kulbaba joined the lab as the post-doctoral research assistant for the Chamaecrista Project.
- Rachel was hired by the Science Museum of Minnesota. She has been focusing on ethnobotanical exhibits at the museum while continuing her work with the Chamaecrista project.
- Ruth and her co-authors recently published an invited paper in the American Journal of Botany. Titled Project Baseline: An unprecedented resources to study plant evolution across space and time, it focuses on the living gene bank created by Project Baseline.
- In January, Seema will begin an NSF postdoctoral fellowship using biological collections to study the origins of diversity in the California flora. She will be working with David Ackerly and Bruce Baldwin at UC Berkeley. Congratulations, Seema!
- Shelby has been hired as an adjunct assistant professor at St. Olaf College for the spring 2016 semester; she will be teaching “Conservation Biology”. Congratulations, Shelby!
- Laura will be taking an extended trip to southeast Asia; her destinations include Thailand and Vietnam.
- The Chamaecrista Project team have successfully concluded their second field season.
- Amber was featured in Winds of Change magazine. Read her story here.
- Our research group had a busy summer! Marcus and Shelby both successfully defended their dissertations, Shelby and Kane began postdoctoral positions with the Healthy Prairies project, and Anna joined the Conservation Biology Graduate Program as a Ph.D. student advised by Ruth! We are happy that Shelby and Anna are staying near, and we warmly welcome Kane as a new member of our group!
- Amber, Kane, Nicholas and Seema traveled to Baltimore in August for ESA’s Centennial Meeting.
- Many of us spent a lot of time doing field work in Minnesota and Iowa prairies this summer, and we will continue to do so this fall. Stay tuned as the data roll in!
- Vince Eckhart, Greg Margida, and Sam Sokolsky from Grinnell College came up for a visit in July. It was great to share our Chamaecrista research projects with one another and give them a tour of our Minnesota field sites!
- Shelby is beginning a postdoctoral position on the Healthy Prairies project. We are happy that she’ll remain a part of the Shaw Research Group!
- Shelby defended her dissertation “Translocating Panicum virgatum L.: Performance, Community Impact, and Competitive Outcome” to obtain her Ph.D. in the Conservation Biology Graduate Program. Congratulations, Dr. Flint!
- The manuscript entitled “The susceptibility of Echinacea angustifolia to a specialist aphid: eco-evolutionary perspective on genotypic variation and demographic consequences,” written by Ruth, Stuart Wagenius and Charles Geyer, appears in a special issue on eco-evolutionary dynamics in plants in the Journal of Ecology.
- Marcus defended his dissertation “Genecology and phenotypic evolution of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) and ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) under warm-dry climate.” Congratulations, Dr. Warwell!
- We warmly welcome Sam Weaver, a summer REU student from St. Olaf College who will be working on the Chamaecrista Project!
- Nicholas has been elected president of the Council of Graduate Students for the 2015-2016 year. Congrats, Nicholas! See the press link here.
- A manuscript entitled “The susceptibility of Echinacea angustifolia to a specialist aphid: eco-evolutionary perspective on genotypic variation and demographic consequences,” written by Ruth, Stuart Wagenius and Charles Geyer, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Ecology. Stay tuned for a link to the article!
- Amber was named a finalist for the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Congrats, Amber!
- A paper from Anna’s M.S. research (co-authored by Donald R. Zak, Lauren C. Cline, and Zachary Freedman), “Elk, sagebrush, and saprotrophs: Indirect top-down control on microbial community composition and function,” just came out in Ecology.
- Rachel co-authored a paper with J. Eckberg, G. Johnson, D. Wyse, and G. Heimpel entitled: “Spillover of tent caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum) herbivory onto willow bioenergy crops in an agricultural landscape” in Annals of Applied Biology.
- A paper from Shelby’s M.S. research (co-authored by W.H. McDowell), “Effects of headwater wetlands on dissolved N and DOC concentrations in a suburban New Hampshire watershed,” just came out in Freshwater Science.
- Ruth gave a talk at the University of Chicago on February 9. She thanks the postdocs in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago for their invitation and their very warm and intellectually stimulating welcome!
- Shelby has been hired as an adjunct instructor at Hamline University for the spring 2015 semester; she will be teaching “Introduction to Environmental Studies”. Congratulations Shelby!
- Congratulations to Jillian Reilly, an undergraduate research assistant for the Healthy Prairies project, who graduated this semester from the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management program!
- We had a blast working in the prairies this fall! We successfully completed the first field seasons for the Chamaecrista and Healthy Prairies projects, and Amber wrapped up the penultimate field season for her Ph.D.
- Amber was awarded a prestigous NSF-AISES grant, Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM. Congrats, Amber!
- Nicholas passed his written prelims with flying colors!
- Two of Seema’s dissertation chapters were published in Journal of Biogeography and Evolution.
- Ruth received an NSF award for her project: “Potential for adaptation, and its realization, in natural plant populations”
- Ruth, along with Don Wyse and Georgiana May, received support from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for their project: “Healthy prairies: Seed storage, beneficial microbes, and adaptation.”