6/27/18: Mike was awarded a Philomathia Fellowship!

Mike Yuan has been awarded a Philomathia Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Sciences. Students are nominated to receive the award on the basis of their high level of academic distinction and exceptional promise, and candidates are drawn from a wide range of disciplines and departments on the UC Berkeley campus. Mike’s award will support his work on the adaptive radiations of Anolis lizards.

3/13/18: New paper on alkaloid resistance in poison frogs

We have a new paper on alkaloid resistance genes in poison frogs published in PLOS One.  Motivated by the idea that if resistance is costly to maintain then we could expect it to be lost in low toxicity populations, we examined individual variation in a major alkaloid resistance gene in three species of poison frogs (Dendrobates auratus, D. granuliferus, and D. pumilio).

Yuan M.L. and Wang I.J. (2018) Sodium ion channel alkaloid resistance does not vary with toxicity in aposematic Dendrobates poison frogs: an examination of correlated trait evolution. PLOS One, 13: e0194265. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194265


12/12/17: New paper on community assembly in soil fungi – IBE not IBD

Ian has a new paper out in Molecular Ecology, in collaboration with Sydney Glassman and Tom Bruns, on the factors driving community assembly in soil fungi at fine spatial scales.  Using generalized dissimilarity modeling, this study shows that environmental filtering, rather than dispersal limitation, explains variation in fungal communities.  The data were collected from the Gaylor Lakes basin in Yosemite National Park.

Glassman S.I., Wang I.J., and Bruns T.D. (2017) Environmental filtering by pH and soil nutrients drives community assembly in fungi at fine spatial scales. Molecular Ecology, 26: 6960-6973.