Summer research interns from five RTC labs presented talks on their STAR, REU, HHMI and other work in the Bay Conference Center, August 8, before a potluck sponsored with the help of the RTC graduate student association. Thanks for a great summer and symposium!
Anatasia Ennis received a Great Lakes Education Scholarship Program award to fund her research on the population genetics of the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse in SF Bay marshes.
Poster presentation by Linda Shaw of NMFS, Juneau at the invasive species session of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska of our collaborative research (with Benson Chow, Danielle Desmet, Peter Drell, Sarah Cohen) on interactions of Dvex with herring spawning
Carrie Craig attended a two week course on "Larval Invertebrate Diversity, Form, and Function" at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas del Toro, Panama, in July.
Gabriel Peixoto, a new undergraduate researcher in the NIH RISE program joins our lab.
Riley Smith (undergraduate Ecology major) was accepted into the Climate Change Scholars Program for Fall 2013. She presented her poster “Phylogeography of a Direct-Developing Seastar, Leptasterias aequalis, in Relation to the San Francisco Bay Outflow” at the 2013 Evolution Society Conference in Snowbird, Utah in June.
Welcome new high school research intern: Abigail Dunn from Branson High School in Marin
Welcome summer teacher researchers in the CeSAME STAR program! Damion Delton is back for his third summer! Elizabeth Guterriez and Ashley Contreras are here for their first time at RTC.
Welcome summer undergraduate research interns! Noah Jaffe now from Pitzer College (and former high school volunteer), Margot White, HHMI scholar from Macalester College, RTC/SFSU REU intern Edgar Garcia from Brown University, and also collaboration with REU interns Tiare Schiller (Cochlan lab) and Janet Garcia (Todgham lab)
Ten NSF REU fellows arrive this week to begin 5th year of SFSU/RTC joint EcoEvoDevo program with 10 week research internships hosted individually by 10 laboratories on main campus and at RTC
Postdoctoral associate Dr. Vanessa Miller-Sims is starting our new project on genetic identification of seagrass accessions, a contract with the Washington Department of Natural Resources
Congratulations to undergraduates completing their degree this semester, including Cohen lab researcher and REU fellow: Erica Perry! Also, congrats to new graduate Scott Gablenz (bioinformatics 699 researcher, spring 2013).
Welcome back to Alejandro Bellon, summer undergraduate research intern from Swarthmore College (and previous January extern) here at RTC for 10 weeks to investigate flow and growth rates in colonial ascidians.
Riley Smith wins a prize for her poster on Leptasterias phylogeography at the SFSU College of Science and Engineering research showcase (May 2013).
Anastasia Ennis wins an SFSU Biology Department Arthur Nelson scholarship award for her proposed thesis work on endangered salt marsh harvest mouse population genetics (May 2013)
Katie Nuessly presents her poster on Leptasterias seastar aggregation behavior, a portion of her thesis work, at the SFSU Graduate Showcase (May 2013)
Visiting student researcher Natasha Kozlowski, joins us for 3 weeks from Alaska Pacific University, to work on Dvex growth experiments (April - May 2013)
Congratulations to Carrie Craig and Riley Smith for presenting their genetic work on local marine invertebrates at SFSU's Biology Department Open House! (April, 2013)
The Exploratorium (an experiential science museum) reopens at its new location on the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco, on the waterfront at Pier 15, with new SF Bay focused exhibits such as Bay Voices and others developed with participation from Cohen lab members
Riley Smith receives NSF NESCENT funding to present her work on the phylogeography of inter-tidal sea stars, Leptasterias sps., in relation to water outflow of the San Francisco Bay at the Evolution conference, June 21-25, 2013, in Snowbird, Utah!
Presentations at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography meeting in New Orleans, LA (February 2013)! Sarah Cohen presented on genetic diversity in populations of Asian copepods established in the San Francisco estuary, and Carrie Craig presented her thesis work in progress on copepod feeding in the wild. We came home with good feedback and new intriguing questions to share with co-authors Erica Perry, Vanessa Miller-Sims, Catie Alves, and Wim Kimmerer!
Vanessa Guerra and Kathryn Nuessly received travel grants from the Graduate Student Council in Biology, SFSU
Presentations at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco, January 2013, by Beth Sheets, Darragh Clancy, Riley Smith, Vanessa Guerra, summer interns Leah Lee, Erica Perry, Catie Alves and Abby Vander Linden, and including Cohen lab coauthors Carrie Craig, Vanessa Miller-Sims, and Joseph Spaulding. Fabulous job and great meeting!
Congratulations to Darragh Clancy for her COAST award to continue her work on the aggressive invasive tunicate, Didemnum vexillum, in California and Alaska
Congratulations to Anastasia, Carrie, Darragh, and Vanessa Guerra for winning SFSU IRA awards to further their research!
Congratulations to Darragh Clancy for winning a COAST travel award to present her work on the genetics of an aggressive invasive ascidian, Didemnum vexillum, at the January 2013 Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska.
Riley Smith won an undergraduate poster presentation award at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's (AISES) national conference in Anchorage, AK for her presentation entitled, "Phylogeography of a direct developing seastar, Leptasterias aequalis, in relation to San Francisco Bay outflow". (Nov. 2012)
The Blatchley Middle School EcoExplorers, a 6th and 7th grade group in Sitka, Alaska, scoured the docks to collect invasive tunicate samples for our CSUPERB research on founder population genetics, a collaboration with Associate Professor Marnie Chapman of the University of Alaska Southeast, as well as the Sitka Sound Science Center.
Katie Nuessly presented an RTC seminar on her graduate research progress, on "The impact of temperature on brooding, dispersal, and distribution in the Leptasterias sea star"
Vanessa Guerra is presenting her work on Ciona invasion genetics in two hemispheres at the CERF 2012 conference in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The Changing Coastal and Estuarine Environment: A Comparative Approach11 - 14 November 2012
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved an Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund grant to support the "Invasive Tunicates Impacts on Pacific herring in Southeast Alaska" project, a collaboration with partners at NOAA, University of Alaska, Sitka Sound Science Center, and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.
Riley Smith was awarded an IRA travel grant to present research at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in Anchorage, AK (Oct. 2012)
Riley Smith presented her phylogenetic work on the native seastar Leptasterias aequalis at the SACNAS national conference in Seattle, WA (Oct. 2012)
Beth Sheets, Kathryn Nuessly, Riley Smith and Darragh Clancy were awarded San Francisco Bay Scholarships (August 2012)
Anastasia Ennis, Danielle Desmet, and Joseph Spaulding join the lab as Master's students (August 2012)
Beth Sheets attended the São Paulo School of Advanced Sciences Evolution course in Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil (August 2012)
The summer has gone too quickly! Leah Lee, Abby Vander Linden, Catie Alves, Erica Perry, Zach Sturbaum, and Julia Smith presented their research at the RTC Summer Intern Symposium, Wednesday August 8th, in the Bay Conference Center
SFSU/RTC REU students arrived this week to begin their 5 day orientation to EcoEvoDevo in the Bay area with field trips to estuarine and outer coast sites, labs to learn about model and non-model developmental biology systems, and research methods from microscopy to plankton and transect sampling (June 2012).
Seagrass spatial genetic survey paper of SF Bay published online early in the Journal of Heredity
CSUPERB award, seed funding to further studies of ascidian invasions using a highly variable recognition locus
Darragh Clancy wins a CSUPERB travel award to further her research on Didemnum vexillum invasion genetics
Xuman (Ariel) Tang defends her Master's thesis, “Responses to Change: Asexual and Sexual Reproductive Patterns of Eelgrass (Zostera marina) in San Francisco Bay”.
NSF REU cross-campus site grant, BREED, an EcoEvoDevo program, renewed for 5 more years!
PIs Carmen Domingo (main campus) and Sarah Cohen (RTC)
San Francisco Bay seagrass population genetics survey paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Heredity (February 2012)
Gretchen Lambert visits the lab (February 17, 2012)
Graduate students (Ariel Tang, Benson Chow, Vanessa Guerra, Darragh Clancy) and Sarah Cohen participate in Gretchen Lambert's Ascidian Taxonomy Workshop at MLML (February 14-16, 2012)
Benson Chow wins a CSU Coast award to support his research on carryover effects in native and invasive tunicates (February 2012)
Vanessa Guerra is attending the ReGeneC workshop in conservation genetics focused on South America, VIII Taller de Genética para la Conservación: nuevas herramientas y nuevos conceptos in Chillan, Chile with assistance from ReGeneC and a CSU COAST travel award (January 2012)
Benson Chow and Michelle Wray (summer 2010 STAR teacher intern) presented their poster on tunicate regeneration at the SICB annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina (January 2012)
Ariel Tang and Carrie Craig present at the Beyond the Golden Gate Research Symposium in San Francisco (November 2011)
David Lake presents his thesis defense on Halloween! Bicoastal bivalves have divergent parasite lineages.
Santa Rosa Junior College Biology Club tours with 4 faculty led by Dr. Shawn Brumbaugh (October 2011)
Katie Nuessly, Darragh Clancy, Beth Sheets, & Carrie Craig are awarded San Francisco Bay Scholarships (October 2011)
Beth Sheets and Benson Chow are awarded COAST Student Travel Awards to present their research at the
Western Society of Naturalists and Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings (October 2011)
Sarah Cohen is elected a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences (October 2011)
Didemnum vexillum in Alaska!
Our collaborative Citizen's Science BioBlitz discovery featured online as an NSF Innovation,
publication available here.
Ariel Tang and Carrie Craig present at the State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference on September 20 & 21
Darragh Clancy, Katie Nuessly, and Benson Chow join the lab as Master's students (August 2011)
Verena Wang starts PhD program at University of North Carolina, Wilmington in Dr. Michael McCartney's lab (August 2011)
Successful launch of a collaborative program between Cohen Lab especially Joseph Spaulding and SEA Explorers of Sausalito (August 2011)
Mariana Padron defends her Master's thesis on Atlantic seahorse phylogeography (August 2011)
Ariel Tang receives a San Francisco Bay Scholarship from RTC and an IRA travel grant (August 2011)
(STAR teacher researchers, NSF REU, and high school interns)
STAR and REU members share their research at the RTC Summer Research Symposium (August 2011)
Vanessa Guerra travels to Peru for field work (July 2011)
Beth Sheets and Vanessa Guerra travel to Panama to attend the 2011 PASI: Advanced Tunicate Biology course (June 2011)
Carrie Craig receives an ARCS award (May 2011)
Beth Sheets and Carrie Craig receive CSU COAST student awards for their research (April 2011)
Ellen Kosman, a former undergraduate lab member, accepted a PhD position at Florida State University (March 2011)
Dr. Lisa Torres and her lab visit from CSU LA and discuss their work on bioluminescent organisms (March 2011)
Darragh Clancy receives a scholarship from the University of Washington to attend a Marine Invertebrate Zoology course at Friday Harbor Labs this summer (March 2011)
Tricia Goulding and David Lake present their research at the Northern California Parasitology meeting at the RTC. Tricia receives the Balamuth-Horen award for her oral presentation. (March 2011)
Vanessa Guerra and Beth Sheets are awarded funding to travel to Panama this June for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Advanced Tunicate Biology Course (March 2011)
Carrie Craig gives an oral presentation of her research at the RTC Spring Seminar Series (Feb 2011)
Tricia Goulding is accepted into a PhD program at the University of California, Merced (Feb 2011)
Mariana Padron is accepted to give an oral presentation at the Syngnathid Symposium in Sweden in April (Jan 2011)
David Lake, Tricia Goulding, and Verena Wang present their research at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
meeting in Salt Lake City (Jan 2011)
Verena Wang successfully defends her Master's thesis! (Dec 2010)
Tricia Goulding is awarded first place for her presentation at the Systematics meeting in London (Dec 2010)
Ariel Tang and Tricia Goulding present their research at the Western Society of Naturalists meeting in San Diego (Nov 2010)