Hannah Alderman is one of thirteen UT students to receive a Gilman Scholarship. Read more about her plans to study abroad here: https://news.utk.edu/2023/05/31/13-students-offered-gilman-scholarships-to-study-abroad/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=collectively%20awarded%20%2442%2C000&utm_campaign=TN%20Today
Faculty, staff and students from EEB gathered on May 18, 2023 to celebrate the end of the semester, recognize award-winners, and honor retirees. Check out this YouTube video to see all of the winners, along with some photos from the celebration.
Undergrads, if you missed the Grad School workshop earlier in the fall, you can catch it here and hear great advice from current EEB grad students.
Please join an EEB Undergraduate Brownbag Workshop aimed at answering your most pressing questions about graduate school! A panel of EEB faculty & current UT Grads will answer questions like:
– Why grad school?
– How to set yourself up for grad school
– How to search for programs & advisers
– How to apply
– What we wish we knew BEFORE getting into grad school
– What the graduate experience is like
Bring your lunch (some snacks will be provided) & come learn about graduate school Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 12:15 pm to 1:05 pm in Hesler 427
In spring 2018, Daniel Malagon won the EEB Undergraduate Research Poster Contest as a junior. He has been conducting out-of-class research over the course of his undergraduate career. He has devoted as much of his time as possible into two labs – one led by Professor Susan Kalisz (EEB) and one led by Professor Matt Gray (FWF).
Using the genus Collinsia as a model, the Kalisz lab investigates the ecological causes and genetic and genomic consequences of mating system divergence between closely related sister species pairs. Daniel added a new dimension to ongoing studies on the evolution of plant mating systems. His research asked if senescence differed between outcrossing and selfing mating species using pollen performance as the metric. An outcrossing mating system relies on a vector to move pollen among flowers, while selfers autonomously move pollen within the same flower.
“Daniel arrived in our lab the first day of his freshman year on fire,” Kalisz says. “He was eager to learn the research ropes and do his own project. His research produced novel, surprising, and soon-to-be-published results: selfers pollen does not show senescent decline, while outcrossers do!”
In the UT Center for Wildlife Health (CWH), Daniel studies amphibian disease epidemiology. Currently, he is helping determine the potential impact a recently discovered fungal pathogen (Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans) may have on endemic salamander species. Using disease epidemiology models, the Gray-Miller Lab hopes to thwart invasion of this pathogen should it ever reach North America. Daniel’s senior thesis project focuses on the probability of disease transmission via direct contact between salamanders as the disease progresses.
“It has been a privilege to co-mentor Daniel with Dr. Debra Miller,” says Gray, associate director of the UT CWH. “We look at all undergraduate researchers as significant and important components of the CWH, capable of advancing the frontier of science.”
“I strongly encourage any motivated student to look into participating in undergraduate research with a professor whose research they find interesting,” Daniel says. “My participation in these two research labs has been the highlight of my undergraduate experience. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity to engage with such an incredible faculty and staff. I hope to take everything that I have learned with me to graduate school next fall.”
Anna Killeen Cameron is an undergraduate researcher who has worked in the Simberloff and Leppanen lab for the past year on a media analysis related to information about the management of the hemlock woolly adelgid.
The hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) is an invasive insect that is devastating hemlock populations (Tsuga canadensis and T. caroliniana) in eastern North America. Anna and fellow students in the lab analyzed the type and frequency of information presented by the media, including newspaper, radio, and television. In April 2018, they presented posters about their research at UT’s Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA).
“Anna took the initiative to dig into a substantial dataset and helped us identify possible trends in literature about invasive species management,” says EEB’s Research Assistant Professor Christy Leppanen.
Anna also spent the summer conducting research with EEB PhD candidate Angela Chuang, Professor Leppanen, and EEB undergraduate Casey Fellhoelter. They studied the behavior of a parasitoid wasp and its interaction with the orb weaver spider, Cyrtophora citricola, which is invasive in Florida. The wasp (Philolema sp.) is a newly identified species, so the information gathered about the wasp will contribute to its future species description. Her work to understand the interactions between the wasp and the orb weaver spider are also important in determining whether the wasp could be used as a potential biological control of invasive C. citricola populations.
“Undergraduate research has been one of the best parts of my undergraduate experience. I’ve built great relationships with fellow students and with professors who I now consider to be mentors. It has challenged my way of thinking and has provided me with skills I would not have developed otherwise,” says Anna, who looks forward to her senior year at UT and hopes to continue to gain more field and research experience.
Leppanen C, Frank DM, Lockyer JJ, Fellhoelter CJ, Cameron AK, Smith LJ, Hardy BA, Clevenger MR, Simberloff D (2018) Media representation of hemlock woolly adelgid management risks: A case study of science communication and invasive species control. Biological Invasions.
The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department had their annual awards ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018. Congratulations to:
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Master’s Thesis: Chad Stachowiak
o 2018 EEB Jim Tanner Outstanding Dissertation: Sara Lipshutz
o 2018 EEB Best Progress Toward Dissertation: Chloe Lash
o 2018 EEB Sandy Echternacht Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student: Melqui Gamba-Rios
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student: Jennifer Summers
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Outreach and Community Service by a Graduate Student: Maggie Mamantov
o 2018 EEB Tom Hallam Appreciation Award: Angela Chuang
o 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award: Daniel Malagon (Kalisz Lab) and honorable mentions Samantha Cahill (Giam Lab) and Alexis Case (Hughes Lab)
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Undergraduate: Alexis Case
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Undergraduate Research: Anna Cameron
o 2018 EEB Undergraduate Award for Professional Promise: Kane Lawhorn
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Outreach and Community Service by an Undergraduate Student: Justin Baldwin
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Administrative Service Award: Jeff Martin
There were some amazing entries from EEB for the April 16-20 EUReCA (Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement) event!
Congratulations to Samantha Cahill (Giam Lab) for winning an Arts & Sciences Award in EUReCA with her research Spatial Analysis of Mountaintop Mining’s Impact on Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates.
Honorable mention went to Alexis Case’s (Hughes Lab) research Post-fire ectomycorrhizal associations with Pinus sp. in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Year one.
Great job everyone!
EEB undergraduate Justin Baldwin and EEB graduate student Maggie Mamantov (Sheldon Lab) both received honorable mentions in the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This program selects early career students with high potential in science.
Amanda Wilson Carter (postdoc, Sheldon Lab) was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology! Using dung beetles, she will integrate thermal plasticity across life stages with maternal behavior to understand the mechanisms driving responses to increased temperature variation.