Undergraduate research student Usmaan Basharat has won an Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2014 travel award from NESCent (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, North Carolina). This award will cover the entire expenses for traveling to and attending the Evolution 2014 meeting, the largest annual meeting in the field of evolutionary biology, systematics and natural history, jointly held by the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). Usmaan will be presenting a poster on his research on the biogeography of West Indian entimine weevils.
Congratulations to Usmaan!
In this year’s competition, Franz Lab undergraduate students Usmaan Basharat and Zhen Geng have received the 2014-1015 SOLUR Researcher Awards. Both students are conducting research on the molecular aspects of the Neotropical entimine weevil project, in close coordination with postdoc Guanyang Zhang.
The Editorial leaders of Systematics and Biodiversity have given our Perelleschus concept paper the Journal’s Outstanding Paper for 2013 Award, shared with Coyer et al. 2013.
Editor Prof. Elliot Shubert writes that among the notable comments were: “A carefully argued exploration of the use of taxonomic concepts, and justification of the “sec” notation, which provides a sound basis for further development of these ideas.” And: “It is the treatment of tracking the history of concepts of taxa that I believe is of great consequence, particularly as taxonomy moves into an increasingly electronic realm.” We thank the Editors for this endorsement.
Complete citation: Franz, N.M. & J. Cardona-Duque. 2013. Description of two new species and phylogenetic reassessment of Perelleschus Wibmer & O’Brien, 1986 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), with a complete taxonomic concept history of Perelleschus sec. Franz & Cardona-Duque, 2013. Systematics and Biodiversity 11: 209–236. Link
Citation of Award: Shubert, E. 2014. Taylor & Francis Prize 2013. Systematics and Biodiversity 12: 125-126. Link
Some good news came to our lab recently in the form of SoLS-sponsored research awards and fellowships.
- Undergraduate student Usmaan Basharat received a SOLUR Apprentice grant for the project “Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of Cuban weevils (Curculionidae)”.
- Graduate student Sal Anzaldo was awarded a STRI Graduate Fellowship to spend the 2014 Spring Semester in Panama, take a course in tropical field biology, and conduct research on conoderine weevils.
- Postdoctoral researcher Guanyang Zhang received the SoLS-RTI Postdoctoral Research Award, jointly with Patrick Browne of the Cadillo Lab, for the project “Elucidating weevil-endosymbiont associations and diversity across different ecological and evolutionary scales”‘.
Congratulations to all!