Department News

2011-04-07

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is pleased and proud to announce that three of its graduate students received the very prestigious and highly competitive NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowships for 2011

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is pleased and proud to announce that three of its graduate students received the very prestigious and highly competitive NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowships for 2011. They are: Nicole Munoz, Samantha Cheng, Abril Iñiguez. Receiving honorable mention in this year's competition are Gary Buccarelli and Sarah Bittick. Nicole in a member of Dan Blumstein's lab and her thesis project involves studying how marmots may use multiple sensory modalities to assess predation and other risks in their environment. Samantha and Abril are both members of Paul Barber's lab. Samantha is interested in the effects that larval dispersal has in driving the evolution of marine biodiversity in Indonesia's coral triangle. Abril interests are also in evolution and speciation of fish in the coral triangle, and in particular the role that color polymorphism may play. Gary, a member of Dick and Cheryl Ann Zimmer's lab, is studying newts in the local Santa Monica Mountains and their effects on stream community structure through their production and secretion of toxic defensive compounds.