2017-05-10 Congratulations To Master's Student, Kelsi Rutledge, For Earning The Best Student Fisheries Poster Award From The Southern California District Of The American Institute Of Fishery Research Biologists (aifrb)
2013-04-01 EEB Grad Students, Doug Booher, Marissa Caringella, Mark Phuong, And Camille Yabut, Have Received Prestigious NSF Predoctoral Fellowships And Janet Buckner And Madeline Tiee Received Honorable Mentions
2011-07-13 USA Today Reports Today On Research By Christine Scoffoni, A UCLA Doctoral Student In Ecology And Evolutionary Biology, And Lawren Sack, A UCLA Professor Of Ecology And Evolutionary Biology
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
Professor Jamie Lloyd-Smith awarded a Hellman Fellowship to look for 'Typhoid Mary' sea lions
Professor Jamie Lloyd-Smith has been selected as a UCLA Hellman Fellow in recognition of his innovative research on the ecology of infectious diseases. The fellowship will support his study of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease, and its impact on California sea lions. Leptospirosis causes annual outbreaks in the coastal population of California sea lions, resulting in many sea lion deaths and creating risks of disease exposure for other species, including humans. Dr. Lloyd-Smith is working with veterinarians, zoologists and microbiologists to study this disease process, and their multi-disciplinary approach is revealing new insights into how leptospirosis works. This fellowship will support research to investigate a suspected "disease carrier" state in the sea lions, where animals could be carrying the bacteria asymptomatically and transmitting it to others over an extended period -- just like Typhoid Mary a century ago. The current thinking on leptospirosis states that a host species that suffers outbreaks can't also have asymptomatic carriers, so the sea lions may have something to teach us about this important disease of humans.
The UCLA Hellman Fellows program was established through the generosity of the Hellman Family Foundation to help promising assistant professors with their research and creative endeavors.