Andy and Melisa participated in the 10th Annual Secchi Day
on Beaver Lake, which provides all of the drinking water to Northwest Arkansas. They showed the nearly 600 people who attended how to use a microscope to look at the diatoms of Beaver Lake. A fun time was had by all.
A new PhD student from Argentina, Melisa Kozaczek, arrived in the United States and joined the lab. She is carving out a project related to our NSF grant on bacteria-to-diatom horizontal gene transfer. Welcome, Melisa!
Sarah Spaulding wrote a nice piece about Teo's paper on Lindavia
and the importance of having a natural classification of diatoms. Her news story can be found on the Diatoms of the United States website.
Andy just returned from 10 days in the Pacific Northwest, where he spoke about horizontal gene transfer in diatom genomes at the Molecular Life of Diatoms Conference
at UW. Great conference followed by some diatom collecting around Oregon and Washington. Here's a link to the presentation
– described as a pennate diatom, and it was mostly downhill from there. In compiling a list of species in the diatom order Thalassiosirales, Teo Nakov came across a long-forgotten name, Lindavia
, that cleans up a good deal of the taxonomic mess that is Cyclotella
. Thanks to dilligent work by Wilson Guillory and the taxonomic expertise of Ed Theriot and Matt Julius. The paper was published today in Phytotaxa
. OK, onto more interesting stuff.
Teofil Nakov's been performing salinity experiments on some famously euryhaline diatom species, and he developed this fantastic R app
to calculate and visualize growth rates, and determine whether a culture has acclimated. Accompanying RNA-seq data and manuscript forthcoming!
Andy gave a presentation on horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes at the 'No Boundary Thinking' conference in Little Rock, AR. He got to hear Jeff Thorne
give a cool talk on using disease data to build better codon models – very cool.
Lab undergraduate and bowling aficionado, Wilson Guillory, was accepted to a summer REU at the Smithsonian. He'll be studying bees. And stuff like that.
Andy visited his old lab mate, Beth Bowles, at Missouri State University and gave a talk to the Biology Department about diatom diversification. He'll put it on SlideShare once he figures that whole thing out.
We're happy to welcome Yufei Li and Kameila Nedd as the newest members of the lab!