Current worm warriors at Emory University, hard at work evolving some stuff

I had the great pleasure of working with several amazing undergraduates at Indiana University. I introduce a few of them below and shamelessly promote their accomplishments.

Kayla Stoy – nematodes? snails? the scientific process? Kayla mastered it all. Recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Honors Thesis Award from the IU Biology Department for her thesis “Evolution of Attenuated Aggression in a Host-Parasite Model System.” Kayla graduate from IU in 2014 and is now a PhD student with Levi Morran and Nicole Gerardo at Emory University!

Ian Gelarden – widely renowned for his worm picking skills. But Ian’s so much more. He produced a beautiful Senior Honors thesis entitled “Experimental Coevolution of Host-Parasite Cooperation.” Ian graduated from IU in 2014, graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and is about to start residency.

Samantha Klosak – snail whisperer, flow cytometry ace, and master of most lab skills. Check out Sam’s research snapshot in the IU Journal of Undergraduate Research (IUJUR).

Julie Xu – an IU Science, Technology, and Research Scholar (STAR!) who does just about everything there is to do in the Lively Lab. Check out Julie’s research snapshot in IUJUR, her coauthored publication in Evolution, and her awe-inspiring posters from the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (2015) and the IU STARS symposium (2015).

Peyton Joachim – snail sitter, enthusiastic empiricist and general fan of all things biology. Some of Peyton’s work is highlighted in his IUJUR research snapshot and in his poster for the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference.

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One of the Lively lab undergraduates’ many accomplishments. Featuring, from left to right, Peyton Joachim, Samantha Klosak and Julie Xu as Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Curt Lively and John Maynard Smith as the Southern Alps, and myself as the Red Queen. Also featuring  our study site Lake Alexandrina, uninfected (left) and infected (right) P. antipodarum, an adult Microphallus worm (bottom), and a duck, the definitive host of Microphallus. Intact snail images modified from Bart Zijlstra. Dissected snail images from Gabe Harp.

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