Special shout out to our Landscape Genetics course that just wrapped up. Our students worked alongside hundreds of researcher via satellite as part of the International Landscape genetics course. Several of our students still have ongoing collaborations with researchers across the nation and we can’t wait to see the research that they produce. Congratulations guys!
Our co-advised graduate student successfully defended her dissertation, she is now Dr. Freya Rowland! Freya is a very accomplished scientist and will continue on to her two lined up post doctoral positions! Congratulations Dr. Rowland!
Joe Gunn presented his recent work on the Neosho smallmouth bass. Our visiting scholar from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Chelsea Titus, presented on her work on DNA metabarcoding. Our undergraduate researcher, Molly Garrett, was also in attendance to receive the James D Chambers Memorial Scholarship award from the Missouri Chapter of the Wildlife Society in for her academic excellence.
“The Missouri Natural Resources Conference (MNRC) is an annual meeting organized and sponsored by the Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, The Missouri Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Missouri Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Show-Me Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. This unique blend of disciplines, represented by the four societies, promotes wise use and management of Missouri’s natural resources.
Each year the conference hosts approximately 1,000 established and aspiring natural resource professionals who meet to exchange information and ideas and encourage continued cooperation among resource professionals, agencies, and other natural resource stakeholders. Cooperating agencies are the Missouri Department of Conservation; University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources; Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service”. –MNRC
Our undergraduate researcher Molly Garrett was awarded a Sigma Xi: Grants-in-Aid research grant for her proposal entitled Genetic Evaluation of the Myanmar Elephants. Congratulations to Molly on her success and we look forward to all her future accomplishments!
Here in the Eggert Lab we enjoy a good holiday door this time of year. This year’s theme is CSI: North Pole. An interactive display to help Santa conduct microsatellite analyses to determine who stole the cookies? Was it Olive, The other Reindeer? Maybe the Coca Cola Polar Bear? Or even the Abominable Snowman? Only the DNA could help solve the crime in this Wildlife Forensic case!
We enjoyed having some visiting graduate students from Biological Sciences and Natural Resources learn some genetic techniques for their own future research! Thanks to our own Joe Gunn for helping out and providing samples & thanks Lauren Toivonen, Sabrina Michaels, and Emily Tracy-Smith for hanging out with us today!
It’s DNA Extraction Day in the Lab! We are so proud of all the work our undergrads have been completing in their research and their studies! Keep it up, you guys are doing great! Here is Kaitlin Sulkowski working on her Neosho Smallmouth Bass tissue samples, Madison Harris working on Bear Hair samples, and Molly Garrett on her Asian Elephant Fecal Samples!