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Biology News 2014-2015 Academic Year

Molecular Approaches to Wildlife Conservation: Amphibians and Primates Unite.
Dr. Steve Wagner, Professor of Biological Sciences, was invited to give a talk about at the Central University of Ecuador in Quito on Dec. 9. In addition, during December he will collaborate with Ecuadorian scientists, Dr. Sarah Martin Solano and Professor Gabriel A. Carrillo, on primates and amphibians in the Amazon region of Ecuador.

Historical Species Distribution Models Predict Species Limits in Western Plethodon Salamanders.
Dr. Wagner, Professor, co-authored a paper in Systematic Biology that incorporated genetics and species distribution of northwest salamanders to infer species boundaries. Syst Biol (2014) doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syu090, First published online: November 19, 2014.

Dr. Ray Donahue has been hired as the Biological Sciences Department Running Start Coordinator.  Dr. Donahue will be overseeing and visiting the contracted high school teachers.

Mark Young has been hired to assist with the use of the Flow Cytometer and in Media Prep.

Masters student Birkin Owart had a paper published:  Selection on Crop-Derived Traits and QTL in Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Crop-Wild Hybrids under Water Stress.  Birkin R. Owart,1 Jonathan Corbi,2 John M. Burke,2 and Jennifer M. Dechaine1,*  William J. Etges, Editor.  PLoS One. 2014; 9(7): e102717.  Published online 2014 Jul 21. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0102717


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