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Members of the MVZ Undergraduate Program involved in curatorial and specimen preparation activities

PLOS Biology (2017)
DOI: 10.317/journal.pbio.2003318

Featured Publication
Mutualism in Museums
Anna Hiller (Former MVZ Undergrad and Staff) Carla Cicero (MVZ Staff), Monica Albe (Former MVZ Staff), Theresa Barclay (MVZ Staff), Carol Spencer (MVZ Staff), Michelle Koo (MVZ Staff), Rauri Bowie (MVZ Faculty), and Eileen Lacey (MVZ Faculty) published an article in PLOS Biology on "Mutualism in Museums: A model for engaging undergraduates in biodiversity science."

Birding magazine (2018) February: 52-60

Inner Workings of a Museum
Recent publication by former MVZ Undergraduate
Ioana Seritan (Former MVZ Undergrad) published an article in Birding magazine by the American Birding Association called "Open House: The Inner Workings of a Museum" where she emphasizes the importance of collections-based research, data digitization, and the role of museums in education while recounting her own experiences working in the MVZ.

PeerJ 6:e4313

Earless Frogs in the Andes
Recent Publication by MVZ Postdoc
Former MVZ postdoc Rudolf von May and colleagues published an article in PeerJ on "Evolutionary radiation of earless frogs in the Andes: molecular phylogenetics and habitat shifts in high-elevation terrestrial breeding frogs"

Dive height vs. the critical velocity for feather fluttler (U*)

DOI: 10.1111/evo.13432

Coevolution in Bee Hummingbirds
Recent publication by MVZ Faculty
MVZ faculty Jim McGuire and colleagues published an article in Evolution on "Complex coevolution of wing, tail, and vocal sounds of courting male bee hummingbirds" 

Phylogenetic and geographic sampling of mammalian gut microbiotas 

PNAS (2017) 114(52): 13768-13773


Diversification of Microbiota
Recent publication by MVZ Members

Andrew Moeller (MVZ postdoc), Taichi Suzuki (MVZ grad student), Dana Lin (MVZ grad student), Eileen Lacey (MVZ Faculty), Michael Nachman (MVZ Faculty), and colleague published an article in PNAS on "Dispersal limitation promotes the diversification of the mammalian gut microbiota"

MVZ Grad Students
Ashley Smiley (top) and Erik Sathe (bottom)

The Graduates Radio
MVZ Graduate Students Featured
MVZ affiliated graduate students Ashley Smiley and Erik Sathe recently spoke with The Graduates Radio host Tesla Monson (MVZ postdoc) about their research on KALX 90.7FM.

You can download and listen to their interviews for free on iTunes.

photo courtesy of Toni Lyn Morelli

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MVZ Alumni
Where are they now?
MVZ Alumn Toni Lyn Morelli worked as an NSF Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow with Craig Moritz and Steve Beissinger from 2010-2011 and continued as a research collaborator through 2014. She worked on an extension of the Grinnell Resurvey Project looking at climate change impacts on montane mammals.

Toni Lyn is now a Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey, based at the Northeast Climate Science Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Some of her recent work on climate change refugia in collaboration with Steve Beissinger and others was published in PLOS ONE and was highlighted by The Wildlife SocietyShe has also recently helped develop the field of Translational Ecology to improve the impact of scientific research in addressing environmental problems.

Congratulations on your achievements, and thank you for staying in touch!!

Banner photo courtesy of...

Ioana Seritan former MVZ undergradute. This photo of a Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) with a shellfish in its bill was taken on June 21, 2014 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, California.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
#sharecalday #mvzcalday #mvzucb

9am - 4pm, 3101 VLSB
The one day each year we are open to the public. Learn about current research, see museum specimens.

9am-4pm, 3101 VLSB

Wednesdays, 12pm - 1pm
Grinnell-Miller Library, MVZ 

Open to the public!

April 18, 2018
Ph.D. Finishing Talk
Taichi A. Suzuki, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

April 25, 2018
Ph.D. Finishing Talk
Jesyka Melendez, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

May 2, 2018
No Seminar- MVZ Retreat

May 9, 2018
Ph.D. Finishing Talk
Dana Lin, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Every other Tuesday 9 - 9:30am
Highlights graduate student research at UC Berkeley, hosted by MVZ postdoc Tesla Monson.  

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