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Wrapping up 2019!

Just before the winter break, a flurry of publications! (ok, two, but that’s better than none!)

After a long journey through the review process, I am so happy that this paper is finally published. It was led by Clarke Knight, who started the project as a Masters student with Ben Blonder and patiently and brilliantly led the paper through many iterations of review.  Clarke is now a PhD student at UC Berkeley.

And UC Merced graduate student Nate Fox spearheaded this paper on lagomorph identification. This paper was the result of despairing over how to identify the rabbits at La Brea for our #labreawebs project, and doing some careful work to come up with a workable protocol for identifying the species there. Great job, Nate!

We’ve had lots of other good news in the lab over the year – new babies, papers submitted, qualifying exams passed, labwork triumphs, etc. Perhaps our New Year’s resolution should be to more consistently post about all the good things happening in the lab and at UC Merced!

Paid summer positions available!

There are at least two positions available this summer, to work with various members of the lab.

  • Summer field and lab assistant working with Professor Jessica Blois. (Full time for the summer, in Merced and Sequoia National Park)
  • The Mesocarnivore Summer Research Program with postdoctoral scholar Dr. Mairin Balisi. (6 week internship, in Los Angeles at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum)

You can see fuller descriptions of the opportunities on the Undergrad Opportunities page!

Exciting new work coming soon, funded by an NSF CAREER grant!

A few months ago, I was notified that I got an NSF CAREER award!  I’ve been sitting on the news for a while, while the details got worked out.  But here’s the official announcement from UC Merced and the link to the award within the NSF Earth Sciences Division.  Many thanks to NSF’s Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology group for supporting my work!!

And this also means that I’ll be looking for a grad student to work with on this for next fall! So for prospective grad students, please look through the various announcements, my webpage and papers, etc., and contact me if you have exciting ideas you want to work on that relate to this project!