John Jaenike and Vince Martinson’s new paper in Ecology Letters was featured in the Rochester Newscenter this week. The research focuses on the communities of bacteria found in the guts of wild Drosophila. Check out the feature and read the paper!
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!
Join us for the E2G2 seminar and hear Jacob Russell from Drexel University discuss “Defensive symbiosis in the real world”