Congratulations! Biology Ph.D. student Stuart Nielsen (above), a member of Dr. Brice Noonan's laboratory group, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. This award will allow Stuart to continue his work on the evolution of lizards of southern Africa, including the Agama lizards (above right). His rigorous analyses of mechanisms thought to be driving diversification will greatly enhance our understanding of this unique and complex region.
In addition, Biology graduate students Bridget Piculell (Ph.D., Hoeksema laboratory) and Michael Keating (M.S., Holland laboratory) were winners in our university's 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition, in which graduate students were challenged to present a concise summary of their graduate work to a general audience. You can find YouTube videos of Bridget's and Michael's award-winning presentations on the Ole Miss News YouTube channel.
Undergraduate Research Assistance Program (URAP). Do URAP? You should if you're looking for research experience! We've made it easier for you to find out about opportunities for research participation in the Dept of Biology. Our researchers are often looking for lab and/or field assistance. By working with them, you'll gain valuable training and research skills. Click on this link for the Undergraduate Research Assistance Program (URAP) to find out about the opportunities that are currently available.
Anonymous donor funds The Edmund Keiser Faculty Support Endowment. The endowment, which honors emeritus biology professor Dr. Edmund Keiser (a Department of Biology professor from 1976-2005), will provide research support for biology faculty during summer months when they are not supported by university salary. To read more or learn how to contribute to the endowment, click here.
Research Highlights: Farming Mars and the moon. The question of how to grow edible and useable crops on the moon and Mars is being explored by Department of Biology professor and Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. John Kiss, through a research project aboard the International Space Station. To hear an interview with Dr. Kiss about this research on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, click here. To read more, click here.
Research Highlights: Biology's Pullen Herbarium helps lead effort to digitize nation's biological collections data. With support from a National Science Foundation grant to Dr. Lucile McCook and collaborators at other institutions, the Pullen Herbarium is one of six herbaria in Mississippi building a state portal for all Mississippi plant diversity data, which collectively represents one of the major digitization efforts in the country for plant data. Read more...
Research Highlights: The genetic legacy of 'Lonesome George' survives! In a paper in the January 2013 issue of the journal Biological Conservation, biology professor Dr. Ryan Garrick and colleagues published a paper showing that a giant tortoise species previously thought to be extinct may still be alive and breeding in the Galapagos Islands. Read more: Discovery News, National Geographic, Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Guardian UK, Register UK