We are happy, pleased, excited, and ecstatic that lab PD Megan Van Etten has accepted a TT Assistant Professor position at Penn State Worthington! Megan’s work on the morning glory/RoundUp project has led to crucial discoveries about the nature of fitness costs across populations of this species as well as the genetic basis of resistance among populations (work to come!!). She has also examined the influence of the breeding system on plant weeds and introduced species (work In Press!) and the transcriptomic basis of inbreeding depression. Megan will continue her work on human-mediated selection and its influence on plant populations at Penn. We are sad she will be leaving, but oh so excited that she will begin building her lab and teaching!
Malia has joined the lab as our new Research Technician! She will be continuing projects in the lab such as determining genetic basis of leaf shape in I. trifida. She previously lived in Salem, OR where she was acquiring her B.A. in Biology. She is generally interested in using genetic data to answer empirical applied questions in conservation biology. We are excited for her to join the lab!!
Congratulations to Adam Kuester for his recent publication in Molecular Ecology: “A resurrection experiment finds evidence of both reduced genetic diversity and potential adaptive evolution in the agricultural weed, Ipomoea purpurea. A commentary on the study was also recently published in Molecular Ecology. Read it here!
Congratulation also to undergraduate Ariana Wilson for her great work!
Sara, Nick and Aspen recently presented the results of their semester-long projects at the UROP poster presentation. Sara and Nick presented on the potential for an epigenetic basis of herbicide resistance in Brassica rapa, and Aspen presented on differences in growth characteristics of annual versus perennial Ipomoea species. Aspen was awarded a blue ribbon for her poster! Congrats all for a successful semester!