Congrats to Alicia Bird for successfully defending her Master’s thesis at San Francisco State University this spring! Alicia’s MS research examined the salamander microbiomes in various Ensatina eschscholtzii subspecies and sympatric Batrachoseps species with professors Andy Zink and Vance Vredenburg.
Former lab member Dr. Jessica Yorzinski will be joining the faculty in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University as an assistant professor in fall 2016! Jessica completed her PhD in the Patricelli Lab in 2012 studying visual attention in during mate choice and predator-prey interactions. Jessica’s innovative and ground-breaking research involved developing an eye-tracker to use on peahens as they assess peacocks during mate choice — you can read more about it in National Geographic, and Slate, and Scientific American, and Live Science, and Futurity and more. Jessica was a postdoc at Duke University and Purdue University after leaving UC Davis. Congrats, Jessica!
Anna Perry was awarded the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences Dean’s Mentorship Award for Undergraduate Research in spring 2016. Anna has mentored 42(!) undergraduates during her time in the Patricelli Lab; this award reflects her exceptional skill, patience, and dedication in helping each of these students reach their potential. Anna also received a Professors for the Future (PFTF) fellowship. The PFTF program is a competitive, year-long fellowship designed to recognize and develop the academic leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. As a PFTF fellow (2015-2016), Anna developed a workshop series to teach both graduate and postdoctoral mentors strategies for providing effective feedback on undergraduate scientific writing. While working to enhance the professional development of her colleagues, Anna also received formal training in course design and teaching methods through a seminar on College Teaching. Congrats, Anna!
Allison Injaian was awarded an ARCS Fellowship for a second year, as well as a Student Research Award and Graduate Student Travel Award from the Animal Behavior Society (Thanks, ABS!), and a Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Student Grant in Aid of Research! Congrats, Alli!
Honorary lab member Cameron Jones was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in spring 2016! Cameron is a graduate student in the Animal Behavior Graduate Group at UC Davis co-advised by Ann Hedrick and Andy Sih. Congrats, Cameron!
Jennifer Phillips successfully defended her PhD dissertation and graduated in spring 2016! Her dissertation is entitled What is Gloger’s Rule? Studies of the Relationships Among Climate, Coloration and Life History in Birds. Congrats, Dr. Phillips!
Congrats to grad student Allison Injaian for receiving the 2015 ARCS scholarship! The ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) scholarship provides a stipend to select graduate students in the STEM fields, with the goal of advancing science and technology worldwide. Lab member Jennifer Phillips was an ARCS fellow in 2013 and 2014.
Congratulations to Alli also for receiving the UC Davis Graduate Studies Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award. This prestigious award recognizes teaching excellence on the UC Davis campus and is given to only a few stellar TAs from across campus each year.
And finally, congrats on getting married this summer!
Conor Taff was awarded the Merton Love Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Ecology and Evolution at UC Davis, which goes to the student with the most outstanding PhD dissertation in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Davis each year. Conor was also awarded the Cooper Ornithological Society Young Professional’s Award, which is given to two young scientists each year for outstanding research and contributions to the ornithological profession. To top off his winning streak, Conor was awarded the Animal Behavior Society Warder Clyde Allee Award for best paper and oral presentation by a finishing PhD student at the Animal Behavior Society meeting at Princeton University. These are all the top awards given to young scientists in their fields. Conor was awarded a PhD in Animal behavior in 2013 in the Patricelli Lab and is now a USDA postdoctoral fellow with Professor Andrea Townsend at UC Davis.