Website updates!

After almost three years at UC Merced, with two postdocs, four graduate students, and many undergraduate students doing exciting work in the lab, our research descriptions were a bit outdated.  A major fall project for me and the lab has been to update the descriptions of what we do, and it’s finally (mostly) done!  This was also a good chance for me to reflect on the research going on in my lab- and realize, again, how exciting it all is!  We are working on paleo-modeling projects, community assembly and range shift projects, traits, genetic diversity and phylogeography, and basic natural history. I can’t think of a more ideal set of intellectually exciting topics to work on. And, I have been fortunate to have attracted an absolutely fantastic set of people to work with me at UC Merced, in addition to wonderful collaborators at UCM and elsewhere.  So check out our new research descriptions!

Congratulations, Kaitlin!

Kaitlin Maguire will be leaving the Blois lab at the end of this week!  Kaitlin got a job as an Ecologist and Statistician for the USGS in Boise, Idaho.  She will be joining the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center and primarily working on a project modeling the effects of fire and other ecosystem disturbances on communities.  We will greatly miss Kaitlin’s presence in the lab, but wish her the best of luck in her new job!

Welcome, fall semester!

The fall semester started up this week at UC Merced.  It’s an exciting time on campus and in the lab- new classes, new undergrads, and new grad students! In particular, the Paleoecology Lab is very excited to welcome two new students to UC Merced!

rob_picRobert Boria is starting his PhD in the Quantitative and Systems Biology Graduate Group.  Robert obtained his masters degree at City College of New York working with Robert Anderson. For his PhD, he is interested in understanding the genetic consequences of past climatic cycles.

NateFox Our other new student is Nate Fox.  Nate is starting his PhD in the Environmental Systems Graduate Group. Prior to moving to Merced, he worked as an environmental consultant in Wyoming after completing his Master’s degree at East Tennessee State University. For his PhD, Nate will be using small mammal fossils and other types of fossil data to interpret late Pleistocene ecosystems.

To kick off the semester, we just had our first lab meeting and went over semester goals and benchmarks.  We took a look at a great blog post by my UC Merced colleague Tanya Boza on “Making a Semester Plan”, then put all our goals on the board.  We all have an exciting and busy semester ahead of us!


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