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On October 24 2016, 5 Ph.D. degrees in Comparative Biology were conferred by the Richard Gilder Graduate School:

Stephanie Frances Loria, a local raised in Glendale, New York, received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies: Ecology and Biodiversity from Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. Her thesis is entitled “Systematics of the Scorpion Family Chaerilidae, Homology of the Lateral Eyes of Scorpions, and Biogeography of South-East Asian Scorpions.” She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Academy of Sciences. Ph.D. Profile

Lauren Amelia Oliver, who hails from Mobile, Alabama, received her bachelor’s degree in biological science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The title of her dissertation is “Continental Biogeography of the Hylarana Frog (Anura: Ranidae) Radiation, and In Situ Diversification in Australasia.” She is now an Instructor in Biology at Bishop State Community College in Alabama. Ph.D. Profile

Akinobu Watanabe, from Farmington Hills, Michigan, received his bachelor’s degree in biological science and geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and his master’s degree in biological science from Florida State University. His research involves looking at how the highly efficient respiratory system of birds might have evolved in dinosaur ancestors. The title of his dissertation is “Variations on the Theme of Morphological Characterization, Development and Evolution, Featuring CT Imaging, Geometric Morphometrics, Phylogenetics and Archosauria.” He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London.  Ph.D. Profile

Bernardo F. Santos, received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and his master’s degree in animal biology from Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Brazil). The title of his dissertation is “Systematics, Morphological Evolution and Convergence in Cryptine Wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae).” He is now a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC. Ph.D. Profile

Jonathan Foox, from Chappaqua, New York, received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in biological science from George Washington University in Washington, DC. The title of his dissertation is “Phylogenomics and Analytical Workflows to Elucidate the Parasitic Evolution of Myxozoa.” He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weill Cornell Medicine-Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City. Ph.D. Profile

Our heartfelt congratulations to Drs. Loria, Oliver, Watanabe, Santos and Foox!!

Fall 2016 Notable RGGS Comparative Biology Ph.D. Student and Alumni Achievements

Alumnus Dr. Phil Barden received the Snodgrass Memorial Research Award at International Congress of Entomology 2016.

Welcome to the NEW RGGS Students and Postdoctoral Fellows!

The Richard Gilder Graduate School hosted its Annual Staten Island Yankees outing on August 31, 2016 to welcome the new students and postdocs.

Staten Island Yankees 2016

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Richard Gilder Graduate School 2016 Incoming Comp Bio Students:

2016 RGGS Cohort

From left to right - Kaiya Provost, Melissa Ingala, Luke Musher, and Alexandra Buczek