Dr. Catherine Searle, a post-doctoral research scientist in the Duffy lab was recently interviewed for The-Scientist.com about the role that Daphnia spp. play in consuming Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a fungal pathogen that infects amphibians and is affecting populations worldwide.
The interview was sparked by a paper by Searle et. al., recently published in Ecology and Evolution titled “Daphnia predation on the amphibian chytrid fungus and its impacts on disease risk in tadpoles.”
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Daphnia magna (left) and Daphnia dentifera (right). Photo credit: Isabella Oleksy
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Rachel Penczykowski, who just published her first lead author paper in the Journal of Limnology and Oceanography. This fascinating case study is about habitat structure and drivers of ecological disease in 18 southern Indiana freshwater lakes. Check our publications page for a copy of the paper!
Stay tuned for the official release of Dr. Penczykowski’s second lead author paper resulting from her PhD research with Dr. Duffy, “When bad food is good: Poor resource quality lowers transmission potential by changing foraging behavior,” to be published in Functional Ecology.
Rachel Penczykowski successfully defended her thesis at Georgia Tech today and has a post-doctoral research position lined up at the University of Helsinki in Finland with Dr. Anna-Liisa Laine. Rachel is making the move overseas in October and we are excited for this new chapter of her career. Congratulations, Rachel!
A warm welcome to our new PhD student, Clara Shaw. Clara graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Oberlin College in Ohio. She has a Masters Degree in teaching and taught biology to high school students in Mississippi through Mississippi Teacher Corps. Welcome!
Cat, Dylan, and Rachel all gave presentations at the ESA meeting in Minneapolis.
Chloe and Rebecca presented results of their summer REU projects at the ED-QUE2ST symposium, and did an excellent job. Congratulations! They will be missed!
Chloe Lash gave a talk entitled “The susceptibility of two Daphnia species to a bacterial parasite.” Rebecca Healy’s talk was called, “Global change and parasitism: effects of ultraviolet radiation on infection prevalence in Daphnia.”
Welcome to Katherine Hunsberger, who has joined the lab as a temporary technician to assist with the 2013 field season. Her participation is supported by an NSF Career-Life Balance supplement.