The lab is growing!

Michelle StuartWhile the announcement was long overdue, Michelle Stuart joined in December, moving from Byron Crump’s lab in Oregon to work as our lab manager and population genomics extraordinaire. Besides wrangling new equipment and troubleshooting new protocols, she’s also getting ready for this year’s field season in Leyte, Philippines, our first since Typhoon Haiyan hit the region.

Just last week, Ryan Batt accepted an IMCS Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be joining us in August to work on understanding how changing temperatures affect the structure and dynamics of marine communities. He’s coming from U. Wisconsin – Madison and brings a wealth of data analysis tools, including super-cool early warning indicators of regime shifts.

Also last week, Patrick Flanagan (B.S., University of California Davis) accepted a Ph.D. position in the lab, through the Graduate Program in Oceanography. His interests include food web interactions, species distributions, and the effects of climate change, as well as science communication.

It’s exciting to have a growing community!