March was a very full month for the lab. The highlight was a trip to Baton Rouge. Ingo gave a talk hosted by Prosanta Chakrabarty at LSU, and on the way back we collected Sailfin mollies for Trai’s project. They were not easy to find, but one site had all the fishes we wanted. But we had to collect in the rain, right next to a couple of vocalizing alligators.
Searching for Sailfin mollies
Another paper from the group just came out: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/brv.12397/full
This is the product of a wonderful collaboration with Susana Varela and Margarita Matos from the University of Lisbon.
What else is happening? Rodet and Trai are getting ready for their General Exam later this semester. And Ingo is diligently working on his book and getting ready for his sabbatical.
As we are all getting ready for a terrific 2018, the latest paper by Amber is now out: https://academic.oup.com/beheco/advance-article/doi/10.1093/beheco/arx179/4781345
It is a nice follow up study to her seminal paper on clonal recognition in Amazon mollies. Congrats, Amber!
The weather was distinctly London-like: cool, and rainy. And although the conference room suffered from some heating issues, there were great debates and interactions at the ASAB Wintermeeting in London in early December (https://asabwinter2017.weebly.com). The topic was of great interest to Trai and Ingo, and we were lucky to be among the few presenters for the conference. We had lots of responses to our presentations; clearly the topic of Male Mate Choice is on the rise.
Luckily, there was just enough time to pay a quick visit to the Aquarium of the London Zoo:
It is hard to believe, but November is already almost over. We have been very busy with manuscripts and teaching. Trai and Ingo will both attend the ASAB Winter meeting with presentations in early December in London. And we are planing for the upcoming field season!
Ingo collecting in the San Marcos River, Texas. Also trying to blend in……
Ingo will be teaching a course in Cuba. Go to http://www.ou.edu/cis/education_abroad.html for more info!
Wow, time flies. We were all super-busy with papers and proposals. Trai has submitted to NSF, Rodet to the Whitley Foundation, and Ingo submitted a long review to Current Zoology. Now we need to hope for good news!
This is a product of our collaboration with Ralph Tiedemann’s group in Potsdam: A new paper on allele specific gene expression!
Check it out here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0186411
We are all busy working on proposals and papers with deadlines coming up!
In the Spring Semester of 2018 Ingo will be teaching a course on Mate Choice