Undergraduate researcher Catherine Jung has been awarded the Kenneth L. Babcock Prize in Environmental Science! The award is presented to the most outstanding graduating senior from UC Berkeley’s Rausser College in environmental science research. Catherine recently completed an outstanding honor’s thesis on the anoles of Montserrat.
Mike Yuan was awarded the Junea W. Kelly Graduate Fellowship from the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The fellowship will support the final year of his Ph.D.
Erin Westeen has receive a prestigious NSF graduate research fellowship! The award provides three years of fellowship support that will last through her graduate career.
Led by grad student Mike Yuan and undergrad Catherine Jung, we have a new paper out in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society on the evolution of claw and toepad morphology in anoles. This study takes a look at how competing forces shape the evolution of these ecologically important traits in the anoles of the Lesser Antilles.
Yuan M.L., Jung C.†, Wake M.H., and Wang I.J. (2020) Habitat use, interspecific competition, and phylogenetic history shape the evolution of claw and toepad morphology in Lesser Antillean anoles. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 129:630-643.
Our new paper on landscape epigenetics in anoles is out in Molecular Ecology. Based on 8,459 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 8,580 single methylation variants (SMVs) from eight populations of the Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, we compared patterns of genetic and epigenetic variation and found evidence for significant epigenetic isolation by environment (IBE), even after controlling for genetic structure. We also detected significant associations between key environmental variables and 96 SMVs, including 42 located in promoter regions or gene bodies.
Wogan G.O.U., Yuan M.L., Mahler D.L., and Wang I.J. (2020) Genome-wide epigenetic isolation by environment in a widespread Anolis lizard. Molecular Ecology, 29: 40-55.
Erin has been awarded a Liu Fellowship in Environmental Studies from the College of Natural Resources to support the 3rd year of her Ph.D. program.
In collaboration with André Lourenço, João Gonçalves, Filipe Carvalho, and Guillermo Velo‐Antón, Ian has a new paper in Molecular Ecology comparing the effects of reproductive mode on genetic connectivity in fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra).
Lourenco A., Goncalves J., Carvalho F., Wang I.J., and Velo-Anton G. (accepted) Comparative landscape genetics reveals the evolution of viviparity reduces genetic connectivity in fire salamanders. Molecular Ecology.
Erin Westeen was featured in the Herpetologist Highlight by the Herpetologists’ League. Read her interview to hear her thoughts on science, fieldwork, grad school, and her favorite herps!
Ian’s proposal to the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) has been funded! The grant will provide $899,000 for five years to study evolutionary responses to climate change.