Big things are happening for us and our writers! Hard work really does pay off in grad school - between getting research published in scientific journals, winning fellowships to keep our research going, and defending theses at the end of graduate careers, we are always celebrating some achievement. Join in congratulating our team on these milestones, and on a job well done; the road was often long and tiring to get there.
Our very own author Liv Williamson will be heading to Hawai'i in the next couple weeks to be a visiting researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) for 1.5 months with Dr. Mary Hagedorn's lab, learning and helping improve methods for cryopreservation of coral gametes. This is important work not only for gene banking, helping us preserve crucial biodiversity on reefs despite massive losses in coral cover worldwide, but it is also a promising tool for selective breeding of corals. The goal is to eventually identify the strongest, most stress-resilient colonies from different locations and cross their gametes to produce offspring that are tolerant of heat stress but still retain the appropriate genetic information for other local adaptations. She is very excited to start this new chapter of her research, and she will keep you updated (and probably write an article) as she goes. Way to go Liv!
One of our writers, Zach, was awarded one of the biggest fellowships in the business today, the mother of all scholarships, the grandfather of all grants, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This fellowship will fund Zach through 3 years of research and living in San Diego, and removes a lot of the stress that graduate students face when struggling to find funding. Congrats on the huge achievement, Zach!
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A big day for two of the PhDudes, Jason and Blaide, as they were accepted into ComSciCon 2019, an annual workshop for graduate students focusing on communicating science to a greater public. Jason and Blaide were two of 50 applicants selected from a pool of 700 applicants, and will represent PassioInventa in San Diego, CA in July among a slew of other successful, passionate scientists. It will be a great opportunity to network, to improve our mission, and achieve our ultimate goal: to get better at communicating science to you. Congrats, guys, and keep up the good work.
Big congrats to one of our writers, Jordan Owyoung, for getting accepted into a PhD program at Emory University! She will be studying Genetics and Molecular Biology there in the fall, and hopes to work on research to develop more targeted drugs to aid in treating disease. Congrats on this milestone and on the beginning of a journey, Jordan!
One of our authors, Ricky Hamilton, was just accepted into a Joint PhD program between his alma mater, San Diego State University, and the University of California San Diego in Cell and Molecular Biology. He will be continuing research he has been working on for several years in Dr. Marina Kalyuzhnaya’s lab, studying methanotrophic bacteria and how we can engineer them to convert methane into useful products. Congrats, Ricky!
One of our passionate coral scientists, Liv, published her first paper this month in the journal Protist. The paper focuses on the effects of rising carbon dioxide levels on a harmful marine algae, and was part of her work completed during her undergraduate years at Columbia University. A scientist’s first publication is often the beginning of a long, stimulating career in the scientific world, and is no small feat. You deserve it, Liv!
Big congrats to Michelle, one of our writers here at piphd.com and more recently a graduated Master’s student from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Michelle graduated with a degree in Marine Policy and Conservation and, a week later, attended the Coral Reef Futures conference in the Florida Keys to network. See her article about it here. Can’t wait to see where you go next, Michelle!
This November, one of our writers Zach was part a team that published a paper in the most prestigious of research journals, Nature. This paper made large leaps in illuminating the compounds that corals release across day and night cycles, and gives us a better understanding of how they interact with the bacteria and tiny organisms around them. Keep it up, Zach!