Congratulations Cassandra

Cassandra successfully defended her honors thesis titled “Effects of gene flow on color and body size in guppies.” Great job Cassandra!

Cassandra Welch presents at FRSES 2014

Cassandra Welch presents at FRSES 2014

AFS Western Division

I took this picture from the conference center. Lots of smog = great sunsets #nofilter

I took this picture from the conference center. Lots of smog = great sunsets #nofilter

I was thrilled that this year’s AFS Western Division meeting was held in Mazatlan, Mexico! The location was perfect and the people were great. I learned an incredible amount about mangroves at the second annual mangrove symposium, for example that the checkered puffer fish has a personality type for aggression and boldness. I also learned that warm sunny weather coupled with fresh-squeezed margaritas puts fish biologists in a fantastic mood. Thanks everyone for a well-organized and successful WD 2014 meeting.

Conference attendees Elliot Broder and Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey chatting in front of pacu (Serrasalminae)

Conference attendees Elliot Broder and Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey chatting in front of pacu (Serrasalminae)

 

Master Michelle Desrosiers

Michelle Desrosiers from the Angeloni lab successfully defender her Masters! A big Congrats to Michelle–it was an amazing presentation about her amazing research on Santa Cruz Island about the secret sex lives of the Island Scrub-Jay.

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Props to female Island Scrub-jays

Photo from Bill Hubick Photography

Island Scrub-jay    (Photo from Bill Hubick Photography)

Females of this beautiful, range-restricted bird may nest up to 6 times and lay 18 eggs in a breeding season only to average 1.1 surviving chicks! Most nests are discovered and devoured by hungry predators like the island fox. Luckily, nests in native shrubs are more likely to survive and these shrubs are slowly returning to the island after disturbance. Let’s hope that the future is looking up for these industrious and tenacious ladies. Learn more in Luke’s paper. Rock on Angeloni lab!

New lab member!

John Kronenberger just joined the Angeloni lab! He’ll be investigating fascinating questions about the evolution of color patterns in guppies.

Dale Broder, Dr. Lisa Angeloni and John Kronenberger

Dale Broder, Dr. Lisa Angeloni and John Kronenberger