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Leonora Bittleston traveled to Borneo to collect pitcher plant liquid for her studies, like those from the Veitch’s pitcher-plant here. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEONORA BITTLESTON

An Ocean Apart, Carnivorous Pitcher Plants Create Similar Communities

August 28, 2018

As a graduate student in Naomi Pierce's lab, Leonora Bittleston (PhD '17) traveled to Nepenthes Camp in the Maliau Basin, an elevated conservation area in Malaysian Borneo with a rich, isolated rainforest ecosystem, to collect pitcher plants. The carnivorous pitcher plants trap, drown and digest their animal prey to supplement nutrient-poor soils. Bittleston collected samples of the liquid inside the pitchers to compare to pitcher plants in Massachusetts and along the Gulf Coast. Though unrelated, both plant families had similar adaptations for trapping prey and are a perfect...

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Jasmin Camacho

Jasmin Camacho Awarded the 2018 AAUW Fellowship

July 17, 2018

Congratulations to Jasmin Camacho (Hoekstra Lab) awarded the American Association of University Women (AAUW) 2018 American Fellowship for her project, "Developmental, Cellular, and Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Striking Craniofacial Variation in New World Leaf-Nosed Bats." The AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls, supporting women scholars since...

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Platyrrhinus helleri bat in The Chucantí Nature Reserve, in Serranía de Majé

Bats, Flies on Bats and the Fungi That Feeds on the Flies!

April 13, 2018

During a fieldtrip to Panama last summer, PhD student Danny Haelewaters (Pfister Lab) worked with a team of six researchers -- including PhD student Jasmin Camacho (Hoekstra Lab) -- to capture bats using mistnets for seven subsequent nights in a cloud-forested reserve in Darien, Panama. The team captured 227 bats representing 17 species to study the bat's parasitic associations. Their findings, published in...

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Image: Figure 1, the phenotypic pattern or reimforcement

Genomic Signatures of Reinforcement

April 3, 2018

Austin Garner worked with members of the Hopkins lab to synthesize and review the patterns of genomic variation expected when natural selection acts during the formation of species. In the study published in Genes, the team predicted what patterns might arise when selection favors traits that stop closely related species from hybridizing where they grow together. This work aimed to understand if...

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Derek Bok Center

OEB Graduate Students Receive Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

March 7, 2018

Congratulations to OEB graduate students awarded the Fall 2017 Derek Bok Center Certificates of Distinction in Teaching!

Abagail Burrus (MCB 60); Tauana Cunah (OEB 275R); Morgan Furze (OEB 10); Alyssa Hernandez (OEB 10); Alexander Heyde (MATH 19A, MATH 153); Rya n Hulett (MCB 60); Julian Kimura (OEB 58); Mara Laslo (OEB 399); Amaneet Lochab (SCRB 10); Dakota...

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