October 2023. We welcome Greta Heyl to the lab! She will be helping us with our Drosophila stocks and with karyotyping lots of different species. Happy to have her join the group. We also went on a fun lab hike/retreat in search of geodes and crinoid fossils.
August 2023. Congratulations to Camille Pushman for winning the Best Undergraduate Poster at the Midwest PopGen meeting! Way to go! The Bracewell lab also received an NIH MIRA award supporting five years of research on chromosome evolution and consequences of Y chromosome degeneration in fruit flies and bark beetles! Woot!
July 2023. The summer has been full of conferences and fieldwork! Ryan went to the annual Evolution conference in Albuquerque and did some collecting in the backcountry on horseback! The lab hosted an amazing high school student and Holland Fellow for a week who helped analyze some Drosophila data we have been collecting at neighboring field sites!
March 2023. Undergraduate (and soon to be PhD student in the lab!) Camille Pushman presented her research on detecting QTL in the mountain pine beetle at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She was awarded an IU travel grant to participate in the meeting. In other news, Nanopore sequencing genomes in the lab is now underway!!!
October 2022. The leaves are changing and the lab participated in IU ScienceFest! Great work from Medhavi, Camille, and Isabel, doing the crosses and putting the materials together showing a dihybrid cross and Drosophila species diversity. Lots of kids left with flies to take home so they could rear up the offspring and count the phenotypes!
September 2022. We welcome undergraduate Isabel Brock to the lab! She will be working on a project with Drosophila we collected this summer.
August 2022. Busy month(s)! The lab went on a beetle and fly collecting mission in the western US that started in late July. A lot of road miles but also a lot of success! Soooo much stuff to sequence now. Ryan also spent some time in Gothic, CO, at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Fall classes are underway!
June 2022. Big month! We welcome Medhavi Verma to the lab! Camille Pushman (undergrad) was awarded summer funding from the IU Honors College to continue her research identifying QTL in a bark beetle! Ryan Bracewell is off to two conferences this month (Genetics Society of America PEQG and Evolution) to present his research on beetle sex chromosome evolution. We also finally got our -80C! Lab cornhole boards are finished.