Papers out!

I’m excited to share 2 papers that just came out. Both of these resulted from fun collaborations with great scientists. The first is from my work at Zurich University in Switzerland with Wolf Blanckenhorn and Steffi Bauerfeind (see pics!). I had such a blast in that lab working with dung flies–what cool creatures!

1. Bauerfeind S, Soerensen JG, Loeschcke V, Berger D, Broder ED, Geiger M, Ferrari M, Blanckenhorn BU (2018) Geographic variation in responses to thermal stress in the yellow dung fly. Journal of Thermal Biology. 73, 41-49.

The second is another fun paper from the guppy gene flow team at CSU. This is John’s masters work and it is quite impressive. I’m thrilled to be included!


Dale Broder, Lisa Angeloni and John Kronenberger

2. Kronenberger JA, Gerberich J, Fitzpatrick SWBroder ED, Angeloni LM,and Funk WC (2018) An experimental test of risky population augmentationsConservation Biology.



New position

I’m excited to announce that I will be joining the faculty at St. Ambrose University this fall!

Like me, the biology department is committed to providing authentic science experiences for their students. Every undergraduate completes independent research as part of each core biology course. I can’t wait to be a part of a team where every faculty member uses cutting-edge pedagogic approaches in the classroom.

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Come visit me in the Quad Cities (Davenport), Iowa beginning August 2018 🙂

Congratulations Kallie and Kirsten

I’m so proud of my two DU undergraduate mentees. Kallie Feldhaus and Kirsten Fetrow presented their research at The Front Range Student Ecology Symposium this week, and both won awards! Kallie one 1st place and Kirsten won 2nd place for best undergraduate poster. They have worked very hard and did an amazing job presenting their research. Congrats ladies. It has been such a pleasure working with you over the past year! #mamabearmoment


Kallie Feldhaus with her 1st place poster and coauthors (Whitley Lehto, Gabby Gurule-Small, Kallie, me, and Claudia Hallagan) at FRSES 2/2018


Kirsten Fetrow with her winning poster (2nd place) at FRSES 2018

Greeley girls teach local scientists about the zombie apocalypse!

Science Club, an after school authentic science program at Bella Romero Academy of Technology run by Katie Guilbert and me,  just wrapped up another successful year. For the past 6 months, 10 enthusiastic 8th-grade girls have been working on a research project investigating the difference in cognitive ability between wild and domestic guppies–they tested whether guppies could learn to fear zombies! This week, they presented their research at a regional scientific conference, The Front Range Student Ecology Symposium. They were SO amazing! They were professional and poised, and they enthusiastically presented their outstanding research. Their excitement about their original research was contagious, and many conference participants commented on how impressed they were. I’m so proud of them!!! Thank you FRSES for the chance to be a part of the scientific community. *Pictures*


Digital evolution workshop

Whitley Lehto, Mayra VidalGabby Gurule-Small, and I introduced Avida-ED digital evolution software (developed at BEACON) at a regional conference, The Front Range Ecology Symposium. We had a great group of attendees that are passionate about evolution education. They loved learning about the Avida-ED program, and many of them already have ideas for how they might include Avida activities in their classes! *Pictures*


Gabby Gurule-Small, Dale Broder, Mayra Vidal, Whitley Lehto present an Avida-ED workshop 2/2018 in Fort Collins, CO

Papers out today!

I’m so excited to share my work about how authentic science with guppies can increase acceptance of as well as knowledge about evolution by natural selection. We have a sister paper that came out in the same issue, which describes the guppy kits. All of the coauthors from teachers to pedagogic researchers to evolutionary biologists have been a joy to work with. I’m so proud of this work! #collaborationmakeseverythingbetter

Here are PDFs of the papers: Broder et al. 2018 and Kane et al. 2018

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DU Diversity Summit

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting my research alongside fellow talented IRISE postdocs–I’m honored to be a part of this amazing cohort of thinkers that are working to affect change in higher education and in the community. We had a wonderful engaged audience, so thank you everyone for supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives here in Denver. Thank you also to everyone who helped make this happen, especially Tom Romero and Carolyn Coles. Find out more from the DU Newsroom.


IRISE postdocs presenting our research (L to R: Daniel Olmos, Holly Okonkwo, Angel Hinzo, Dale Broder and Pranietha Mudliar) courtesy of Wayne Armstrong, University of Denver

Congratulations Kirsten

My stellar undergraduate Kirsten Fetrow just presented her first poster, and she did it at a national meeting!

I am so proud of the hard work and creative ideas that Kirsten has put into her thesis research. This project has been a wonderful collaboration, and I’m so excited about the impact it is already making–check it out: Kirsten ESA poster


Girl Power in Greeley

I have a dedicated group of 8th-grade scientists this year at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, CO. We’ve spent the past few weeks observing guppies and thinking of scientific questions. We just narrowed the questions to the ONE! Are there differences in cognitive ability between males and females and between wild versus domestic guppies? We are using an associative learning task to measure cognition, and we just started designing our experiment. This one is going to be pretty fun so stay tuned! #girlpower