Farewell to Rachel and Brian!

Farewell to Rachel Harnett and Brian, as they head east to Maryland to take up a new position at Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmetsburg, MD).  We wish them great success!  (Photo taken in Stillwater, OK – L-R; Larry Weider, Rachel, Puni Jeyasingh.)

More good news… Congratulations Matt!

Just wanted to let folks know that Matt Wersebe was recently awarded research grants from the OU Graduate Student Senate (GSS) for fall 2020 and spring 2021.  Also, today he received good news that he has been awarded a Hill Fund Grant from the OU Department of Biology.  Well done, Matt!

Congratulations Dr. Kiehnau!!

We want to share the wonderful news that Emily Kiehnau has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on this past Monday (26th April), which included giving an excellent public (ZOOM) presentation of her dissertation research (RESPONSE OF NATIVE PREY SPECIES TO AN EXOTIC INVASIVE PREDATOR: ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF INDUCIBLE DEFENSES).  Congratulations Dr. Kiehnau!

Great job, Matt!

We want to share the good news that Matt Wersebe has received internal grant support from the Adams Scholarship Fund (Dept. of Biology), as well as the new internal NSF-funded program (Biogeography of Behavior).  These resources will  help fund his upcoming summer field season, as he explores the impact of increasing salinization on vertical migration behavior in Daphnia pulicaria in Minnesota lakes.  Congratulations, Matt!

Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Hartnett!

We have wonderful news to share about a former member of the Weider Lab, Rachel Hartnett (Ph.D., 2017).  Rachel, who is currently finishing up her final year as an inaugural Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University, has accepted an offer from Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmetsburg, MD) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology.   Rachel will be taking up her position in August 2021.  We want to wish Rachel and her husband Brian all the best as they begin a new stage of their life together.

A hearty Big Congrats to Matt!

Matt Wersebe just received wonderful news that he has been awarded a Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund Grant from the American Museum of Natural History to help fund part of his dissertation work.  His project title is: “Reverse Ecology in the Urban Lake-scape: Understanding Secondary Salinization at the Genomic Level”.  Great job, Matt!