Asilidae Monograph Published

March 31, 2009

Postdoctoral Research Associate Torsten Dikow (BioSynC) published a 175-page monograph on the phylogeny of Asilidae (robber or assassin flies) in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History in March. This extensive study on the evolutionary relationships of the megadiverse Asilidae, which are known from 7,000 exclusively predatory species today, is based on a sample of 175 species and 220 morphological characters from all body parts of the flies and represents one chapter in Torsten’s dissertation defended in July 2007.

Fulbright Grant

March 19, 2009

On March 20, undergraduate intern Swati Patel (Northwestern University), working with Postdoctoral Research Scientist Jason Weckstein (BioSynC) and Associate Curator and Chair John Bates (Zoology/Birds), received word that she will receive a Fulbright Grant for a 10-month visiting scholarship to the Museu Paraense Emilío Goeldi (MPEG), in Belém, Brazil. Swati will be working on a project entitled “Genetic structure among select forest birds across the Rio Japurá” with the close collaboration of Jason, John, and Dr. Alexandre Aleixo, MPEG, curator of birds.

Postdoc Jason Weckstien Receives REU grant!

February 25, 2009

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Jason Weckstein and Associate Curator and Chair John Bates (Zoology/Birds at the Field Musuem) received word on February 25 that they will receive a $15,000 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) supplement to their NSF Research Grant “Bridging Micro and Macroevolutionary Patterns: Population Genetics of Coevolutionary History.”

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