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Congratulations to Jay Stachowicz!

Marine ecologist and EERREC faculty mentor Jay Stachowicz has received the 2023 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement!

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Congratulations to Jay from your colleagues and students. We are thrilled that your myriad wonderfulnesses have been recognized by the university.

Davis to DC

Luke Sparreo, Daisy Lewis, and Aadia Moseley McCloud, all members of the 2022 EERREC cohort, recently reconnected in Washington DC.

Kudos to our faculty!

We're thrilled to announce that the 2023 cohort of Sloan Research Fellows includes Professor Kate Laskowski. The Sloan Research Fellowship, a prestigious award given by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes early-career scientific researchers seen as emerging leaders in their fields.

Killifish in The Conversation

UC Davis environmental toxicologist Andrew Whitehead recently was interviewed by The Conversation Weekly. The podcast described three case studies, including Andrew's work, that demonstrate how humans can drive rapid evolution in natural systems. Andrew's research documents populations of killifish that thrive in polluted estuaries. But rather than a source of optimism, Andrew describes this as a "cautionary tale."

How do bumble bees use landscapes throughout their life cycle?

Bumble bees are some of the world’s most important pollinators, yet many bumble bee species are in decline.  Our understanding of how landscape changes affect bumble bees is often limited to studies of where they forage on flowers.  Through this project, REU students will test how bumble bees use landscapes throughout their life cycles. Students will compare the behavior and abundance of bumble bees across habitat types. We hypothesize that bees use different habitat types for nesting vs.

Predation on pollinators in urban gardens

Urban flower gardens are growing in popularity, and have the potential to contribute significantly to pollinator habitat.  However, it is unknown whether these gardens provide a safe haven for declining populations or create low quality habitat that contributes little to conservation. Monarch butterflies are abundant in urban gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area. One concern is that monarch caterpillars in cities experience increased risk of predation by human-associated animals such as paper wasps and yellow jackets.

Ancient selection affects seagrasses today

Jay Stachowicz' research recently was featured by the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences. Stachowicz is part of a global network that studies seagrasses and the organisms that live in coastal seagrass beds. They found that genetics influences on seagrasses dating back to Pleistocene glaciation have influenced the genetic diversity, size, and community structure of seagrasses even more than current conditions. 

UC Davis' Queen of Lab Safety for 2022

Congratulations to Professor Rachael Bay and the Bay Lab denizens!

The Bay Lab recently received the 2022 Grand Prize for lab safety from UC Davis Safety Services

The selection committee praised the Rachael and lab manager Brenda Cameron for their dedication to fostering a research culture that minimizes risk. That's a tall order, when lab personnel work at lab benches at UC Davis, walk-in aquarium rooms, eelgrass flats at dawn, or coral reefs in Moorea.