Daina Strub and Jake Hjort recently presented their research at the EEB Undergraduate Research Symposium. Dana's work focused on how the loss of song in cricket populations might affect reproductive investment in females, and Jake's work investigated whether crickets face a tradeoff between melanin investment in immune and reproductive traits.
Marissa Peyer presented her honors research, "Measuring Chemical Signals in Field Crickets: Comparing Experimental Approaches", at the UMN College of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium. Marissa has been developing methods to study the cuticular hydrocarbons used in communication in Teleogryllus oceanicus. Her work integrates her interest in biochemistry with our lab's research in behavioral ecology.
Daina Strub (upper photo) and Jake Hjort (lower photo) both recently completed research projects in the Zuk Lab. They were each awarded research grants by the University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Congratulations, Daina and Jake!
Our traditional end-of-semester party group photo:
Rebecca Ehrlich officially filed her thesis with the graduate school and graduated with her M.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Congratulations, Becky!
Dr. Zuk was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts Sciences this year! She attended the induction ceremony in October. Here, she's photographed with two other AAAS fellows from UMN: Drs. Sarah Hobbie (left) and Megan Gunnar (center).
Welcome Mounica Kota, new PhD student!
Jessie Tanner was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her project "Consequences of adaptive behavioral plasticity for sexual selection on an acoustic advertisement signal". Congratulations, Jessie!
The Zuk lab (and recent Zuk lab alumni), pictured here, convened for an end-of-semester potluck.
From left to right: Dr. Zuk, Laura Garbe, Dr. Justa Heinen-Kay, Kirstine Grab, Xinci Tan, Daina Strub, Becky Ehrlich, Jake Hjort, Erin Schwister, and Adam Hartman.
Graduate student Rachel Olzer attended the 2016 Conference of Ford Fellows, hosted by the National Academies of Science, where she presented work from her dissertation. The conference is open to recipients of the prestigious Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Zuk was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Jyväskylä University Faculty of Mathematics and Science in Finland! Recipients of doctorates in Finland are honored at a graduation ceremony held once every four years that includes a formal dinner, an acrobatic display, a fire show, and the presentation of swords and hats that mark the attainment of the degree. Below, Dr. Zuk is pictured receiving her sword. You may read more about this year's honorees here.
Rachel Olzer traveled to Exeter, England to present her research on male preferences for calling song in Teleogryllus oceanicus at the biannual meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology.
Becky Ehrlich teamed up with fellow EEB graduate student Virginia Heinen for an outreach event in Columbia, Missouri. Their presentation demonstrated how acoustically signalling insects produce song and introduced Teleogryllus oceanicus to the public as a model of rapid evolution.
This month, the Zuk lab said farewell to post-doc Susan Balenger, who has accepted an Assistant Professorship at the University of Mississippi. Best of luck, Susan!
This lab photo was taken at Susan's going away party.
Top row (left to right): Rachel Olzer, Becky Ehrlich, Justa Heinen-Kay, Susan Balenger, Alex Best, Marlene Zuk, Becky Boulton
Bottom row: Xinci Tan, Jessie Tanner, Marissa Peyer
The Zuk lab welcomes a new post-doc, Justa Heinen-Kay. Justa recently completed her PhD in the Langerhans lab at North Carolina State University - you can read more about her interests on the People page. Stay tuned for more information about her developing research program in the Zuk lab!
Congratulations to graduate student Rachel Olzer, who received the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
Congratulations to Xinci Tan and Libby Schmidtman, who graduated this month! Thank you for all your hard work, and good luck!
Graduate students Rebecca Ehrlich and Jessie Tanner received research funding for their dissertation projects from the Theodore J. Cohn Research Fund, awarded by the Orthopterists' Society.
In the photograph, undergraduate Laura Garbe and grad student Jessie Tanner discuss an ongoing research project.
Congratulations to graduate student Rachel Olzer on receiving the prestigious Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship!
Jessie Tanner was awarded the UMN Graduate School Thesis Research Travel Grant!
Susan Balenger stops for a picture at Diamond Head during a collecting trip on Oahu, in the Hawaiian Islands.
Welcome new graduate students, Rebecca Ehrlich and Rachel Olzer!
Post-doc Susan Balenger and undergraduates Xinci Tan (left), Jonathan Walker (second from right), and Libby Schmidtman (right) presented their research at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference at Indiana University.
Members of the Zuk lab celebrate the end of a successful semester in December, 2014.