Welcome exceptional new faculty -- fall 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
EEB is pleased to welcome Meghan Duffy, assistant professor; Alison Davis Rabosky, assistant research scientist; Dan Rabosky, assistant professor and assistant curator, Museum of Zoology; and Lauren Cole Sallan, assistant professor and Michigan Fellow.
Duffy joins U-M EEB from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. Her research interests are evolutionary ecology, disease ecology, host-parasite interactions and freshwater ecology. She will teach Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution this fall. She is seeking undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for her lab. Duffy was recently honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on these professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Read more in EEB news.
Davis Rabosky was a postdoctoral fellow in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests are the evolution of behavior, evolutionary genomics, character evolution and phylogenetics, and herpetology. “Currently, I am using comparative genomics to test hypotheses about color polymorphism and phenotypic evolution within Batesian mimicry systems,” according to Davis Rabosky’s website. “My main study system is the colubrid snake genus Sonora, of which all members have varying levels of color polymorphism and mimicry of venomous coral snakes.” She is looking for a couple of undergraduate student volunteers for her lab.
Rabosky was a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley. He studies macroevolution, speciation, phylogenetic comparative methods, biodiversity theory, evolution and ecology of Australian reptiles, herpetology and paleobiology. This fall Rabosky is teaching Introduction to Computer Programming, a graduate level class that is also open to undergraduates. Beginning next fall, he will teach a class on vertebrate diversity and evolution. Read about his 2012 Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize by the Society for the Study of Evolution in EEB news. He is currently seeking graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for his lab.
Sallan recently received her doctorate degree in integrative biology from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include early vertebrate evolution, macroevolution, paleobiology, paleoecology, ichthyology and systematics. Sallan was one of eight new fellows selected out of 932 applications by The Michigan Society of Fellows to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors. The fellows were chosen for the importance and quality of their scholarship and for their interest in interdisciplinary work. Sallan is currently seeking undergraduate students for her lab.
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