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PNAS (2017) 49: 12976-12981
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1705897114
Featured Publication
Grinnell Resurvey Project in the News
The New York Times released an article highlighting the Grinnell Resurvey Project and research by MVZ faculty Steve Beissinger and colleagues.

Historic and modern species occupancy probabilities and site richness for the Mojave avian community over the past century. 

Climate Change and Birds
Recent Publication by MVZ Graduate Student and Faculty
MVZ graduate student Kelly Iknayan and MVZ faculty Steve Beissinger published an article in PNAS on "Collapse of a desert bird community over the past century driven by climate change." Their article was highlighted in Berkeley News.

An Indonesian spectral tarsier in a fig tree munching on a grasshopper. (Photo copyright Quentin Martinez)

Science Advances (2018) 4: 1-10
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar6478
Post-Cretaceous Dietary Radiation

Recent Publication by MVZ Postdoc and Faculty
Chris Emerling (fomer MVZ post-doc), Michael Nachman (MVZ faculty), and colleague recently published an article in Science Advances on "Chitinase genes (CHIAs) provide genomic footprints of a post-Cretaceous dietary radiation in placental mammals." This article was also featured in Berkeley News.

Areas in North America predicted to have high Bd suitability

PLOS (2018) 13(4)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188384.g002
Invasive Bullfrogs
Recent Publication by MVZ Staff
MVZ staff curator Michelle Koo and colleagues published an article in PLOS One on "Introduced bullfrog facilitates pathogen invasion in the western United States." This article was also featured in Center for Biological Diversity.


Distribution of northern (orange) and southern (blue) cyt-b haplotypes along coastal California

 Ecology and Evolution (2018) 8: 6226-6241
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4129
Mito-Nuclear Discordance
Recent Publication by MVZ Graduate Student, Staff, and Faculty
MVZ members Dana Lin (graduate student, Ph.D. Aug 2018), Ke Bi (researcher), Chris Conroy (staff curator), Eileen Lacey (faculty), Rauri Bowie (faculty), and colleague recently published an article in Ecology and Evolution on "Mito-nuclear discordance across a recent contact zone for California voles"

Rosa doing fieldwork in Guatemala
Summer 2017

MVZ Kudos
Faculty for the Future Fellowship
MVZ graduate student Rosa Jimenez recently received the Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation. This prestigious and competitive fellowship recognizes outstanding women in STEM fields from emerging and developing countries.


Oz with Steller's Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri)

URAP Summer Award
MVZ undergraduate Zheng "Oz" Oong (Integrative Biology B.A. May 2018) received the 2018 URAP Summer Research Award to continue his investigation on "Population level variation on Stellar Jay's" with Dr. Carla Cicero at the MVZ. Oz is continuing in the MVZ this year as a Museum Assistant continuing his research on this project.  


Jessica at the Mpala Research Centre, Kenya
in Summer 2016 as part of her postdoc research with Princeton University on spatial patterns in termite mounds.

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MVZ Alumni
Where are they now?
MVZ Alumn Jessica Castillo Vardaro earned a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies at UC Berkeley in 2008. She worked on the Grinnell Resurvey Project at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology 2005-2009 as a Curatorial Assistant, Field Assistant, and Genetics Lab Technician. She also volunteered on several projects including as a field assistant with then graduate student Tom Devitt on speciation and hybridization in Ensatina salamanders (2006), as a Museum Preparator of bird and mammal specimens (2005-2009), and as a mammalogist on an international cooperative research project between MVZ and the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Museo de Historia Natural (2009).

Since then, Jessica has earned her Ph.D. in Wildlife Science and received her Graduate Certificate in College and Undergraduate Teaching from Oregon State University (2015). She was then a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University (2015-2018), and is now back at the MVZ as a President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nachman Lab. In January 2019 Jessica will begin her new position as Assistant Professor at San Jose State University in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Congratulations on your achievements, and thank you for staying in touch!!
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Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives. A Mariposa fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca mariposae), female at nest (MVZ 4647). Photo taken in 1925 by Joseph S. Dixon at Battle Creek Meadows (Tehama County, California, US) during Dr. Joseph Grinnell's surveys of California fauna.

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

Open to the public!

Sep. 12, 2018
Nicholas Mason, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

Sep. 19, 2018
Sarah Benson-Amram, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming

Sep. 26, 2018
Jessica Castillo Vardaro, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Oct. 3, 2018
Scott EdwardsProfessor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology & Curator of Ornithology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Oct. 10, 2018
Teresa Feo, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Oct. 17, 2018
Telma Laurentino, Zoological Institute, University of Basel

Oct. 24, 2018
Christopher WittMuseum of Southwestern Biology and Dept. of Biology, University of New Mexico

Oct. 31, 2018
Juliana ViannaMVZ Visiting Professor, Departamento de Ecosistemas y Medio Ambiente, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Nov. 7, 2018

Nov. 14, 2018
Phred Benham, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

Nov. 21, 2018
No Seminar

Nov. 28, 2018
Finishing Seminar:
Katya MackMuseum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

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