Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri successfully defended his dissertation “How spatial constraints on efficacy and dynamic signaling alignment shape animal communication” on May 21st. He will be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution and a Minor in Teaching! Congratulations Dr. Echeverri!
Yusan Yang successfully completed her dissertation “Divergent Mating Behaviors and the Evolution of Reproductive Isolation” and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution. This summer, she will begin her Living Earth Collaborative postdoctoral fellowship at St. Louis. Congratulations Dr. Yang!
Dr. Laura Brannelly, a Postdoc in the RZ lab, was recently awarded the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. This prestigious fellowship is designed to support excellent basic and applied research, and advance promising early career researchers. This is a fantastic opportunity for Laura, but bitter-sweet for […]
Dr. Karie Altman has joined the Richards-Zawacki lab as a postdoctoral research associate. Karie recently received her PhD from Oakland University in Michigan, where she studied disease ecology and thermal biology. Prior to her PhD work, Karie received a BS from Madonna University. Welcome to the R-Z lab Karie!
Matt Robak, a recent RZ lab alum, published a paper in the March 2018 issue of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. The research described in this publication documents how temperature and the skin microbial community affect the susceptibility of northern cricket frogs (Acris crepitans) to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) infection.
Defying disease: Panama’s frogs are fighting back Many infectious diseases can fade away after initial outbreaks. Bubonic plague, cholera, and influenza are examples from recent human history. The same phenomenon occurs for wildlife diseases as well. How does this happen? One popular explanation is that the pathogen evolves to become less deadly, so […]