It’s research presentation season at the University of Michigan, and Duffy lab undergraduates always have a way of putting together great stories about their research. Recently Amanda Bromilow presented her honors thesis on the behavior of white sharks around diving cages and implications that may have for conservation.
Solanus de la Serna conducted research this academic year with guidance from Dr. Catherine Searle. He was sponsored through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Solanus looked at the effects of an invasive species of daphnia on disease dynamics in mesocosm experiments.
Alan Longworth also presented research related to the identification and characterization of a novel fungal parasite of daphnia. We are very excited to see where this project will go!
Great job everyone!
This weekend, Dr. Meghan Duffy is attending the Atwood Colloquium in Ecology & Evolution at the University of Toronto. Dr. Duffy was invited to speak as the “Rising Star in Ecology” and will be presenting recent work led by former graduate student Dr. Penczykowski and current post-doctoral researcher Dr. Searle.
Duffy lab post-doctoral researcher Dr. Catherine Searle was chosen to give a short talk at the U of M Science Covers Symposium.
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!