Graduate student Jacob Boswell got the word yesterday that his Society of Systematic Biologists Graduate Student Research Award will be funded. The award will support his sequencing of cDNA from various volvocine species for multi-gene phylogenetic reconstructions.
Georgia Tech undergraduate Averie Lico has recently joined Team Chlamy. For now, Averie is learning the ropes, mostly methods for maintaining and transferring algal cultures.
My symposium paper from the 2014 Philosophy of Science Association meeting is out in Philosophy of Science (Herron, M. D. 2016. Fitness and individuality in complex life cycles. Philos. Sci. 83:828–834). The symposium, “Complex Life Cycles, Reproduction and Evolution,” also includes papers by James Griesemer, Peter Godfrey-Smith, and Maureen O’Malley.
Katrin Schmidt has finished her Ph.D. and crossed the Atlantic to join Team Chlamy at Georgia Tech. Technically, she’s a Research Scientist until her paperwork clears, but she has defended her dissertation on thermal adaptation mechanisms in the model diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana at the University of East Anglia.
My new article “Fitness and individuality in complex life cycles” is available as “Just accepted” at Philosophy of Science. I presented an early version of this paper in a symposium organized by Maureen O’Malley, Peter Godfrey-Smith, and James Griesemer at the Philosophy of Science Association Meeting in Chicago two years ago.
I gave a keynote address on “Development and evolution of Volvox and related algae” at the Phycomorph Second Working Group Meeting in Limassol, Cyprus on September 30th. Phycomorph is a European research group concerned with macroalgal reproduction and development. I had a great time and learned a ton about development in brown, red, and ulvophyte green algae.
The Herron Lab at Georgia Tech studies various aspects of the evolutionary origins of multicellularity through a combination of experimental, theoretical, and comparative approaches. Our main model systems are the volvocine algae (Volvox and kin) and their close unicellular relative, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
Kimberly Chen, a grad student in Greg Velicer’s lab, will be joining Team Chlamy as a NASA Astrobiology Institute postdoc at the end of summer. Kimberly’s PhD work involves small RNAs that control fruiting body development in myxobacteria, and she is broadly interested in questions related to social evolution (for example, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790314000049).