Proutfest 2016

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Each year the Population Biology Graduate Group holds a student symposium, named Proutfest (for Timothy Prout, of UC Davis entomology). The Pop Bio grad group explores incredibly diverse topics, from convergent evolution of terrestriality in crabs to theoretical ecology modelers to evo-devo entomologists. First years introduce their previous work (shark saw, anyone?) and a baby picture.  It makes for a dynamic and fun day–highlights at #Proutfest2016!

Modelling tooth–prey interactions in sharks: the importance of dynamic testing

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-7-29-53-pmI’m really excited to say that the shark saw paper has been published in Royal Society Open Science! One of several papers to come out of the Friday Harbor Labs’ 2014 Functional Morphology and Ecology of Fishes course, my coauthors Stacy Farina, Adam Summers, Jeff Brash, and I explored the importance of shark tooth morphology and repeated use on tooth cutting ability and wear, and found that dynamic testing is vital to studying tooth performance.

Check out the publication here!

CURB Spotlight!

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The Jawzall poster at Cornell’s BioExpo, March 2015

I’m featured as this week’s student researcher spotlight on the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board facebook! Link here. Pretty cool! CURB is a student-run organization that facilitates a lot of the larger student research community at Cornell–between Spring and Fall Forum poster sessions and the Peer Mentorship Program, it’s great programming to get research and mentorship experience for both new and upperlevel students.