Spring 2015 News

Congratulations to RGGS postdoctoral fellow Adam Watson- he and a team of fellow researchers have this important paper, just out now from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/06/17/1509825112.abstract

AMNH Silvia Pavan ASM Shadle Award from President Eileen Lacey 6-16-15

CUNY EEB–AMNH RGGS Fellow Silvia Pavan was awarded the 2015 Albert R. and Alma Shadle Award at 95th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. The Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student in recognition of current accomplishments in Mammalogy and future potential.  (Image: Silvia receiving the award from American Society of Mammalogists President Eileen Lacey of Berkeley at the awards banquet on June 16, 2015)

Daniel Barta interviewed by Vocativ on "Here’s The Real Science Behind Jurassic World" http://www.vocativ.com/culture/science/science-behind-jurassic-world/ 

Daniel Barta interviewed by MTV New on "How Accurate Is ‘Jurassic World?’" www.mtv.com/news/2184283/jurassic-world-accurate/

Aki Watanabe and the Mets

On May 20, 2015 the American Museum of Natural History gave a special tour to a group of New York City middle school students as part of the New York Mets community initiative,Amazin’ City, which is being launched at the Museum. As part of the initiative, students get to go behind the scenes at different New York City landmarks and cultural institutions throughout the baseball season. Students from Leonardo da Vinci Intermediate School in Corona, Queens, along with NY Mets player Jeurys Familia, and Deputy Borough President Joe Garba, learned about dinosaurs from Museum RGGS Ph.D. student and paleontologist Aki Watanabe. They explored the Museum’s Saurischian and Ornithischian dinosaur halls and went behind the scenes in the “Big Bone Room” which houses some of the largest and heaviest items in the Museum’s paleontology collection.

Spring 2015 Notable RGGS Comparative Biology Ph.D. Student and Alumni Achievements

Aki Watanaba awarded the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Dawson Grant. The Mary R. Dawson Predoctoral Fellowship Grant recognizes and supports graduate student research excellence. This award recognizes research excellence and promote a successful career in Vertebrate Paleontology by supporting the recipient’s dissertation research travel, data collection and analyses. The grant will be awarded in association with the 2015 SVP Annual Conference to be held in Dallas, TX, October 14‐17, 2015

Amber Paasch received a 2015 Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award.

Daniel Barta received a student travel grant for the 3rd International Symposium on Paleohistology to be held at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany, from July 2nd to July 5th, 2015; there he received an honorable mention in the Student Oral Presentation Prize Competition for his talk, “The first dinosaur eggs from a new vertebrate locality in the Upper Cretaceous Sebeş Formation, Romania.” Daniel also received a grant from the Geological Society of America.

Allison Bronson received a research grant from the Geological Society of American for her proposal "Addressing shark origins: A rich fossil biota from the Mississippian Fayetteville Shale of Arkansas".

Zachary Calamari received a grant from the Geological Society of America, as well as Honorable Mention for his GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program) proposal to the NSF for "Weapons and Wooing: Evolution of Cranial Appendage Diversity in Hoofed Mammals”.

Spencer Galen received an Expedition Fund Grant from The Explorer’s Club for "A taste for blood: using genetics to understand malaria parasite distributions in a changing world.” He, along with a group of researchers, also received a grant from Explore 21 to visit Cuba in fall 2015 for the research project "Biodiversity Surveys in Poorly Explored Regions of Cuba: Developing New Research Collections and Collaborations."

Eugenia Gold and Aki Watanabe became senior participants in an NSF Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) Research Grant. Aki Watanabe also received the Dawson Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Grant from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Amber Paasch was accepted into the competitive High-Throughput Biology and Data Analysis workshop at the New York Genome Center. She also received an AMNH-Lerner Gray Grant for her work on the North Atlantic oceanic transect between Bermuda and Puerto Rico, and was one of 20 students across the U.S. to receive a Botanical Society of American Graduate Student Research Award, for her proposal "Characterization of a Unique Method of Bacteria Ingestion in Green Algae by Fluorescence and Electron Microscopy”.

Bernardo Santos and Carly Tribull each received NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants. 

Bernardo Santos received a grant from the Linnean Society of London to attend the Systematics Association Biennial in August at the University of Oxford where he will present his paper, Evolution of convergent functional systems in a speciose clade of parasitic wasps (Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae); he has also become editor for Ichneumonoidea at the journal ZooKeys. 

Michael Tessler received an Expedition Fund Grant from The Explorers Club for his spring field work in Valdivia, Chile to study anticoagulant evolution of non-bloodfeeding leeches. He also received an AMNH-Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant for his study of leeches in Chiapas, Mexico.