In the News

  • Graduate student, Carly Crow, and Dr. Jennifer Koop had a paper published in G3: Genes, Genomes, and Genetics titled "The genome sequence of the avian vampire fly (Philornis downsi), an invasive nest parasite of Darwin's finches in Galapagos." This paper is Carly's first official scientific publication, congrats!
  • NIU Newsroom featured the Blanding's Turtle research of Dr. Rich King and Ph.D. Student Callie Klatt Golba.
  • The BGSA and Phi Sigma Biological honors society successfully ran several booths and this year's STEM fest.
  • Multiple members of the Biology and Geology departments had a paper recently accepted for publication in Anatomical Sciences Education. Congrats to Christina Cline, Alecia Santuzzi, Karen Samonds, Nicole LaDue, and Heather Bergan-Roller. The paper is titled "Assessing How Students Value Learning Communication Skills in an Undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology Course"
  • Graduate student, Ellie Taylor had two publications accepted this year:
    • Taylor EE, King BH, Burgess ER IV. Diet and nutrition of adult Spalangia cameroni (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), a parasitoid of filth flies. Environmental Entomology
    • Burgess ER IV, Taylor EE, Acevedo A, Tworek M, Nayduch D, Khurana N. Diets of erythritol, xylitol, and sucrose affect the digestive activity and gut bacterial community in adult house flies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
  • Members of Dr. Neil Blackstone's lab recently published a paper in Physiological Biochemical Zoology titled "Reactive Oxygen Species and the Stress Response in Octocorals." One of the themes of the paper is "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
  • Jones lab welcomes new Ph.D. student Reg Francis to the lab! She'll work on our CAPER - Community Assembly in Prairie Ecosystem Restoration - project.
  • Jones lab received supplemental NSF funds to support Lizzy Small as a lab manager this year. She'll work on pollinators in our CAPER - Community Assembly in Prairie Ecosystem Restoration - project.
  • Holly Jones was a co-author on a paper that used isotopes to quantify giant centipede diet on Phillip Island. Spoiler alert - they eat seabirds!
  • Members of the Jones lab had their first paper as a group accepted in Biological Invasions - it's about invasive grasses so we're basically botanists now.
  • Former post-doc in the Jones lab, Pete Guiden, starts as an Asst. Professor at Hamilton College this fall.
  • Former post-doc in the Jones lab, John Vanek, started another postdoc at Hobart and William Smith.
  • Former MSc student in the Jones lab, Wieteke Holthuijzen started her Ph.D. with Dan Simberloff at University of Tennessee Knoxville this fall.
  • Former Ph.D. student Christy Wails started a post-doc at Virginia Tech this fall.
  • Graduate student, Carly Crow, and Dr. Jennifer Koop recently had a paper accepted for publication in G3:Genes, Genomes, Genetics titled "The genome sequence of the avian vampire fly (Philornis downsi), an invasive nest parasite of Darwin's finches in Galapagos."

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