Congratulations to Fay-Wei for his success in the 2013-2014 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) competition! DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Assessing the Evolutionary Significance of Recurrent Horizontal Gene Transfer of a Chimeric Photoreceptor in Ferns
Congratulations Amanda – our newly minted Ph.D! On March 25, Amanda successfully defended her dissertation to her Ph.D. committee (Pryer, Advisor; Donohue, Mitchell-Olds, Noor, and Windham). Graduation day on May 10! … then Amanda embarks on a posdoc at the Smithsonian Institution in DC. We will miss you Amanda!
Fay-Wei passed his prelims with flying colors (from red to blue … and everything in-between!). His committee (Pryer, Meng Chen, Sönke Johnson, Corbin Jones, Sarah Mathews) was wowed by his defense of ” Seeing the light: the origin and evolution of a chimeric phororeceptor“.
Congratulations to Carl – our newly minted Ph.D. – who gave a great seminar [“Phylogenetics of Cystopteridaceae: Reticulation and Divergence in a Cosmopolitan Fern Family”] to the Systematics Group on the morning of August 27, and later that afternoon successfully defended his Ph.D. to his committee (Pryer, Advisor; Mitchell-Olds, Roth, Swofford, and Windham). Celebrations and much relief ensued (witness Carl in photo #2 above)! On August 31, the dissertation was submitted to the Graduate School, and in January 2013 Carl heads to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada to embark on a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship awarded by NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). But he is still with us through the fall – yeah!
Pryer Lab Undergrad Anne Johnson has first research paper published in American Journal of Botany.