Ellen Martinson, Mrinalini, Yogeshwar Kelkar, Ching-Ho Chang, and Jack Werren’s recent paper in Current Biology was featured in the Rochester Newscenter. Their research uses wasp venom to propose a new idea about how genes can gain new functional roles. The UR write-up has great photos and a video explaining their study, check it out.
Please come celebrate Adam Johnson as he’s awarded the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching. Over the course of his graduate career, Adam has mentored undergraduates in the lab, served as the head TA for biology labs, and was instrumental in piloting the new mentoring program for freshman biology majors. Join us at 3pm in the Green Lounge to congratulate Adam on this well-deserved award!
Finally found mole salamanders after a few years of searching– last Monday (April 3), at midnight, in the forest, in a rainstorm. This is Ambystoma maculatum, the Spotted Salamander. Spotted them in Mendon Ponds Park.
Mole salamanders live most of their lives underground in burrows and eat invertebrates. But once a year, in early spring, during rainstorms, late at night – they aggregate at small ponds to mate. There were also hundreds of Wood frogs and Spring peepers mating in the pool as well… very loud.
- Vince Martinson
- Ellen Martinson
Spotted salamanders mating in the pond.
Spotted salamander charging back to the pond.
Lots of Wood frogs mating in the pond… the ripples are all frogs.
Spotted salamander – this one was about 7 inches long.
Spotted salamander close-up.
Please join us for our weekly journal club next Tuesday. Ching-Ho will lead the discussion of the following paper:
Does adaptive radiation of a host lineage promote ecological diversity of its bacterial communities? A test using gut microbiota of Anolis lizards
Ren et al. 2016. Molecular Ecology (2016) 25, 4793–4804
Join us on Monday at noon to enjoy coffee and a donut and to hear Dr. Peter Svensson discuss “A role of transcription to switch between chromatin states”.
Join us for the E2G2 seminar this Friday at 3pm to hear Dr. Michael Sheehan discuss the “Evolution of Individuality”. Stick around and stay for happy hour after!