2014 - Fall News

Fall 2014 Notable RGGS Comparative Biology Ph.D. Student and Alumni Achievements

Read about our 2014 Ph.D. Graduates:
Alejandro Grajales - Ansel Payne - Pedro Peloso - Dawn Roje

Daniel Barta co-authored, with Dr. David Varricchio (Montana State University), a paper entitled “Revisiting Sabath’s ‘Larger Avian Eggs’ from the Gobi Cretaceous,” which was selected as one of the inaugural “Editors’ Choice” papers in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. The full citation is Varricchio, D. J., and Barta, D. E. 2015. Revisiting Sabath’s “Larger Avian Eggs” from the Gobi Cretaceous. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60(1): 11–25. https://www.app.pan.pl/article/item/app000852014.html

Eugenia Gold was presented with the Dawson Award for Predoctoral Research at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) Conference in Berlin in November.

Amber Paasch’s presentation won “Best Talk” in the Ecology and Evolution division at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), held in Los Angeles in October.

Bernardo Santos was awarded an Annette Kade Fellowship to visit the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France) and Zoologische Staatssammlung Munch (Munich, Germany) to continue his study of the lineage of crytpine wasps. He was also awarded a mini-ARTS grant from the Society of Systematic Biologists for his project "Building long-term infrastructure for the phylogeny and taxonomy of cryptine wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Cryptini).

Michael Tessler was featured alongside his Advisor Dr. Mark Siddall in a Science Friday video, “True BloodSuckers – Leeches” in October.

Carly Tribull received “Best Student Presentation” recognition at the International Society of Hymenopterists’ conference in Portland, Oregon in November. She also received a Travel Award from the Young Natural Historians Society for their winter meeting in Paris, France.

2014 Graduate Alejandro Garajales was appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the AMNH Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics.

2014 Graduate Ansel Payne was hired as a Program Assistant at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

2014 Graduate Pedro Peloso earned a “Science without Borders” Postdoctoral Fellowship in Brazil; his discovery of a new "bat frog" in the Amazon was featured in November in National Geographic’s online News edition.

2014 Graduate Dawn Roje was hired as a Science Teacher at the Spence School in New York City.

2013 Graduate Isabelle Vea’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science was extended from a one-year appointment to three years. She is working at Nagoya University.

2013 Graduate Shaena Montanari received the prestigious Newton International Fellowship. The Newton International Fellowship program, run by The British Academy and the Royal Society, provides two years of support for early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions. Shaena will be based at the University of Edinburgh.

Led by Dr. Jeffrey Kidder, the Black Rock Forest’s Consortium’s education director, a team of scientists and teachers from member institutions and Consortium staff is developing a herpetology curriculum that can be used both at the Forest and in schools. Dr. Christopher Raxworthy of the American Museum of Natural History is the science consultant; Drs. Antonia Florio and Bryan Falk, 2013 Graduates of the Museum’s Gilder Graduate School, are leading the development of activities and experiments; teachers are advising on the grade utility and appropriateness. Dr. Falk taught already taught a mini-course at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science using the curriculum.