Bugged: MSU Department of Entomology newsletter
- NEW: Bugged - Summer 2016
News of alumni and retirees
Ed Caswell-Chen (MS 1982, BS 1979) was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Nematology Award by the Society of Nematologists. He has been a member of the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Davis since 1989, and is known for his enthusiasm, dedication, high-quality instruction and keen interest in helping his students understand and appreciate nematology—from the undergraduate level to the graduate level and beyond.
Dan Lawson is the recipient of our department’s first Distinguished Alumni Award and will accept his award and present a seminar on campus Oct. 24, 2016. Read more about Dan Lawson in the Alumni Profiles section.
Bernice Demarco is a Smithsonian Fellow with the National Museum of Natural History. Demarco reports she will be continuing her studies into the evolutionary history of the ant genus Aphaenogaster in North America. As an MSU doctoral student, she used four nuclear genes and one mitochondrial gene to infer the evolutionary relationships between species in the genus. Each sample (over 120 specimens) contained 3,000 base pairs, or bits of information to create a phylogenetic tree. Collaborating with Dr. Ted Schultz will mean using newer techniques, Next-Gen sequencing, which will allow her to sample the DNA across the entire genome. Her data will increase to about 170,000 base pairs, or more than 50 times the original amount of DNA data.
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