The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program (EEB) has had another successful year. We now have 24 students – our largest number ever – enrolled this fall. We received strong rankings from the National Research Council, and many of our current students hold nationally recognized fellowships, including: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Carissa Aoki and Vivek Venkataraman; GAANN Fellow Alex Shanku; and IGERT Fellows Julia Bradley-Cook, Lauren Culler, Sam Fey, Nina Lany, Marcus Welker, and Simone Whitecloud. In addition, Ramsa Chavez-Ulloa, Zak Gezon, and Vivek Venkataraman have been awarded outside grants to support their research.
In alumni news, Tom Morrison successfully defended his PhD in September 2010 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wyoming. Erik Stange has joined the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, while Jim Kellner and Darren Ward are assistant professors at the University of Maryland at College Park and Humboldt State University, respectively. Alice Shumate was promoted to Associate Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Rich Hofstetter was featured in The Atlantic and on Public Radio International, and Jay Lennon was quoted in the New York Times.
By Kathryn Cottingham and Matt Ayres