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Starting the year with a bang!

2015 ended in style for the Langkilde Lab, and we are proud to report that thus far 2016 has been just as exciting! In the last few months, we have celebrated a number of lab accomplishments and enjoyed some attention from the media. Here’s a taste of what we have been celebrating:

 

Press:

LangkildeLizard 2Penn State News featured the lab’s work on adaptation to invasive species and anthropogenic noise in this great article by Matt Swayne, complete with disco references. It’s definitely worth the read!

 

Tracy1Penn State Science recently covered the lab’s research on the effects of stress, our collaborations, and Tracy’s mentoring style. The story quotes many lab members and also includes a “person-to-person” feature on graduate student Gail McCormick.

 

 

Other achievements:

  • PI Tracy Langkilde recently accepted the position as the Head of the Department of Biology.
  • Gail McCormick successfully defended her PhD dissertation and won the Alumni Association Dissertation Award. This award is among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment.
  • Chris Thawley won the Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Award, a university-level award that recognizes outstanding achievements related to bringing scholarship to the community. Chris will be defending in February and will be starting a post-doc with the Kolbe Lab in May, where he will be investigating the effects of urban light on anoles.
  • Kirsty MacLeod will be joining the Langkilde and Sheriff Labs as a post doc this spring. We are excited to have her!
  • Michaleia Mead will be staying on as a Masters student with Chris Howey. They will be investigating the effects of prescribed burns on amphibians and vernal pools.
Hooray!

Hooray!

Stay tuned throughout 2016 for more exciting research and updates from the Langkilde Lab!

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In the News!

A couple quick updates from the lab!

 

Brad‘s research on sexual dimorphism of scorpions was recently featured on livescience: http://www.livescience.com/45938-female-scorpions-bite-more.html   Want to read the actual paper? It’s available on PLoS One (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097648).

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Bark Scorpion – Photo Credit: Matthew Rowe

 

Sean, a former postdoc in the lab, also recently published a 5-part series about salamanders over at Living Alongside Wildlife. Start the saga with Part 1 (and continue with the rest: Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5). Check it out!

Male Southern Two-lined Salamander (L) and Male Brownback Salamander (R)

Male Southern Two-lined Salamander (L) and Male Brownback Salamander (R) – Photo Credit: Sean Graham