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2021 cohort updates!

We recently caught up with scholars from our 2021 cohort.

They're off and running -- to grad programs in the fall, summer research or policy internships, and continuing to grow as scholars and citizens of the world. We are tremendously proud of them. Check out our Scholars page for details!

Microbiome analysis of social carpenter bees

Rachel Vannette and members of her lab, including 2021 cohort member Michael Yu, used 16S sequencing to determine that the social carpenter bees Xylocopa sonorina and Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex share microflora species in their crop and gut, but also host microbiomes that vary by species and geographic location. Further, their results suggest that the microbiomes of bee species with simple social groups can have characteristics typically associated with bees that have more complex social structures.

Human influences on the evolution of maize

As a domesticated plant, maize has adapted to conditions in an environment shaped by humans. Thanks to its agricultural importance and longstanding genetic model, there is a wealth of data on both genotype and phenotype that can be used to understand how this adaptation occurred and is still occurring.

A successful experiment that turned out to be a failure: lessons from eradicating European Green Crabs

The European green crab wreaks havoc in California estuaries by damaging eelgrass beds, preying upon native species, and competing with other invertebrates for space. In 2009, UC Davis faculty member and EERREC trainer Ted Grosholz and colleagues began an intensive four-year eradication campaign that resulted in removal of 90% of the green crabs in the study area. However, a year later, the population rebounded to nearly triple the pre-eradication population size.

Only ten days left!

Gentle reminder: application review for the EERREC REU begins on 1 February 2021. For full consideration, please apply soon. Questions? Contact Academic Coordinator Carole Hom.