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In the News
- The Biology Department is delighted to extend a hearty congratulations to all of the graduating biology students! We wish you all the best in your post-graduation endeavors. We also recognize our recent student awardees (photographed below).
- A photograph of Biology students who were honored at the recent honors brunch for the year 2012-2013. From left to right: Megan Lundin (won outstanding undergraduate paper of the year for Biology and the school); Christine Hluza (outstanding graduating undergraduate of the year for Biology); Nicole Blackhawk (outstanding poster winner in the poster competition); and Evan MacKinnon (outstanding graduating graduate student of Biology and the school, outstanding thesis of the year, and winner of best talk at the Student Research Competition).
- Dr. Ken Gobalet awarding Christine Hluza $500 as the inagural winner of the Gobalet/Batey award for outstanding graduating undergraduate in Biology. This award was made possible by generous donations by Charlotte Batey and Dr. Ken Gobalet that established an endowment. The award will be awarded to the outstanding Biology undergraduate of the year in perpituitiy.
- Congratulations to Dr. Anna Jacobsen who was awarded the National Science Foundation's prestigious CAREER award to support her research and students who work with her. This award will fund Dr. Jacobsen's research for the next five years on how wood changes structurally and functionally as it develops and across species with different wood types.
- Congratulations recent MS Biology graduate (class of 2011) Erin Tennant who published her second paper from her MS work with advisor Dr. David Germano. Her work will be published this may in the journal "California Fish and Game". Her first paper studied competition between kangaroo rats and a co-occurring rat species that will appear this May in "The Southerwestern Naturalist".
- Congratulations to John Hash, recent MS Biology graduate who published his second paper from his master's work entitled "A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the genus Dohrniphora (Diptera: Phoridae)". John's thesis advisor and co-author was Dr. Paul Smith. John is currently pursuing a PhD in Entomology at UC Riverside continuing his studies in insect systematics.
- Congratulations to Drs. Anna Jacobsen and Brandon Pratt for their recent publication in the prestigious journal Nature (November 29, 2012). The paper was published by an international team of researchers examining the vulnerability of the world's forests to droughts that may become more common due to changes in climate. This study was commented on by the New York Times and many media outlets around the world. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/23/the-worldwide-vulnerability-of-forests/
- Congratulations to Drs. Anna Jacobsen and Brandon Pratt for their recent publication on drought tolerance of manzanita shrubs in California that was published in the German journal entitled Oecologia.
- Congratulations to Drs. Brandon Pratt and Anna Jacobsen for their recent publication in the journal Plant Biology demonstrating the validity of an important technique for studying plant drought tolerance.
- Congratulations to Drs. Brandon Pratt and Anna Jacobsen for their recent publication in the American Journal of Botany demonstrating a tradeoff between stress resistance and growth in California native shrubs.
- Congratulations to former CSUB undergraduate Aaron Ramirez who published his undergraduate work with Drs. Brandon Pratt and Anna Jacobsen entitled Exotic deer diminish post-fire resilience of native shrub communities on Santa Catalina Island, southern California in Plant Ecology. Aaron is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Berkely studying the ecology of island plant communities.
- Congratulations to Dr. Anje Lauer for her recently published paper entitled Microeukaryote Diversity in Freshwater Ponds That Harbor the Amphibian Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in American Biology Teacher. She published this paper in collaboration with two local high school teachers: Lonnie McConnel (Miramonte Highschool) and Navdeep Singh (Independence High School).
- Congratulations to Dr. Anje Lauer who was granted $10,000 to study the proteomics of Watersipora spp. and their associated bacteria in response to copper stress.