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December 2018

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Christopher Martin (left), Rebecca Tarvin (right)
New Faculty Curators
The MVZ is very pleased to welcome our two new faculty members Christopher Martin (current Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina) and Rebecca Tarvin (current Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley). Both will be joining us July 1, 2019 with joint positions in IB and the MVZ as Assistant Professors/Assistant Curators.

Jen Hunter at Hastings

New Resident Director at Hastings
The MVZ is also very pleased to welcome Jen Hunter, the new Resident Director at Hastings Natural History Reservation.

Erica Bree Rosenblum in her lab.

(Photo by Elena Zhukova)
A Kind of Communion
MVZ Faculty in the News
Erica Bree Rosenblum was recently interviewed about her research and approach to evolutionary ecology in Breakthroughs, a magazine of the College of Natural Resources. 


Coloration of the Pisgah Lava Flow and Off-Lava U. stansburiana in the Wild and after Being Housed on Lava or Sand Substrates

Current Biology (2018) 28: 2970-2977
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.075
Adaptation in a Novel Environment
Recent Publication my MVZ Postdoc and Faculty
MVZ members Ammon Corl (MVZ postdoc), Ke Bi (MVZ researcher), Akshara Sree Challa (MVZ undergrad), Rasmus Nielson (MVZ faculty), and colleagues recently published an article in Current Biology on "The Genetic Basis of Adaptation following Plastic Changes in Coloration in a Novel Environment."

Recording sites (dots) with range distributions of taxa 

Linnean Society (2018) 125: 421-440
DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly090
Divergence in Sparrows
Recent Publication by MVZ Grad Student, Staff and Faculty
MVZ members Ben Karin (MVZ grad student), Carla Cicero (MVZ staff), Michelle Koo (MVZ staff), and Rauri Bowie (MVZ faculty) recently published an article in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society on "The role of history and ecology as drivers of song divergence in Bell's and Sagebrush sparrows (Artemisiospiza, Aves: Passerellidae)"

Gut bacterial taxa follow divergent transmission strategies associated with evolutionary history and lifestyle.

Science (2018) 362: 453-457
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7164
Transmission modes of
mammalian gut microbiota
Recent Publication by MVZ Postdocs, Grad Student, and Faculty
MVZ members Andrew Moeller (former MVZ postdoc), Taichi Suzuki (former MVZ graduate student), Megan Phifer-Rixey (former MVZ postdoc), and Michael Nachman (MVZ faculty) recently published an article in Science on "Transmission modes of the mammalian gut microbiota."

Timelines for declines in genetic variability in Ctenomys sociabilis at each study site.

Linnean Society (2018) 2: 1-15
DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly134

Genetic Decline in the Tuco Tuco
Recent Publication by MVZ Faculty
Eileen Lacey and colleagues recently published a paper in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society on "Identifying drivers of historical genetic decline in an endemic Patagonian rodent, the colonial tuco-tuco, Ctenomys sociabilis (Rodentia: Ctenomyidae)."

Carla pictured here recording Spotted Towhees (Pipilo maculatus) in Stanislaus National Forest.

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MVZ Alumni
Where are they now?
MVZ Alumna and current MVZ staff curator Carla Cicero earned her degrees at UC Berkeley: B.S in Forestry with honors (1981), M.L.A. in Environmental Planning (1986), and her Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science (1993) under the guidance of MVZ curator Ned Johnson. She began working in the MVZ with Barb Stein in 1988 as a curatorial assistant in the bird collection while she was a Ph.D. student and did everything from bone numbering to packing loans to accessioning and cataloging specimens.

Carla has been the staff curator of MVZ's bird collection since 1993. She is active in ornithological research and focuses on how populations of birds vary in morphology, genetics, song, and/or ecology working with species including jays, vireos, titmice, towhees, and sparrows. In 2016 Carla was presented an honorary membership of the Cooper Ornithological Society (COS) in recognition of her dedication to the goals and mission of the society and her outstanding contributions. In addition, Carla is very active in the MVZ's undergraduate program, mentoring over 100 students in curation and research!

Recently, Carla was featured in a Berkeley News podcast about prepping Lux, one of the peregrine falcons born on the Campanile, for the MVZ (see podcast pick below). She also collaborated on a crowfunding effort to install falcon cams on the Campanile.

Congratulations on your achievements Carla, and thank you for your continued research, mentorship, and curatorial expertise in the MVZ!!
Thank you!!!

2018 MVZ Volunteer Tour Guides
Thank you MVZ graduate students for dedicating your time to MVZ outreach this year!  
Mallory Ballinger, Sarah Banker, Noelle Bittner, Luke Bloch, Jackie Childers, Charlotte Jennings, Mackenzie Kirchner-Smith, Jesyka Melendez, Alexander Stubbs, Dan Wait, Cynthia Wang-Claypool, Kwasi Wrensford

2018 MVZ Undergrads and Volunteers
Thank you to all the MVZ undergraduates and volunteers for all your work in the MVZ this year!
Sierra  Abasolo, Ahmed Akbar, Joanna Amick, Elizabeth Applegate, Emma Arulanantham, Leena Awni, Darren Ayoub, Bryan Bach, Harmenjit Bahia, Megan Banke, Camille Barker, Mikaila Baskin, Shweta Belur, Andric Berger, Caitlin Boise, Collin Bos, Alexandra Boville, Erika Brock, Jacob Burgasser, Martha Cerda, Lizeth Cervantes, Akshara Sree Challa, Crystal Chan, Jason Chang, Annie Chen, Coco Chen, Sharon Chen, Andrew Cho, Andreana Chou, Brian Chou, Michael Chou, Saif Chowdhury, Olivia Ciccone, Beth Connors, Aaron Ding, Sarah Donelan, Weijie Dong, Ollie Downs, Liam Duncan, Ryan Farquhar, Olivia Feng, Emily Fields, Radu Firtat, Indra Galindo, Michael Gallegos, Gregory Gladkov, Chrissy Glasmann, Chloe Golde, Kalena Gottwald, Maggie Grazela, Zachary Henning, Kelley Henning Fox, Brittany Ho, Nicole Hoang, Samina Hoshyar, Jonathan Huang, Jimin Im, Niharika Jadeja, Colin Jenkins, Jerry Jin, Zachary Jones, Gabrielle Judilla, Claire Jurgersen, Jennifer Kang, Ashley Kim, Mackenzie Kirchner-Smith, Zylph Kirk, Shelley Kong, Claire Krumm, Ellen Kuo, Leonardo Lahijani, Samuel Larkin, Marcella LaRosa, Seth LaRosa, MK Larson, Aileen Lavelle, Jessica Le, Brit Lee, Jenny Agi Lee, Miranda Lee-Foltz, Nikki Lemus, Vivian Li, Lisa Liebens, Joie Lin, Shi "Gary" Lin, Rina Lu, Joy Ma, Ali Malik, Brianna Mann, Cassidy Marsters, Iris Martinez, Mona Mena, Michaela  Montgomery, John Myles, Hannah Newcombe, Nam Nguyen, Janeth Ochoa, Henry O'Donnell, Lynna Ohanian, Melanie Olson, Tia Onouye, Kei-Lin Ooi, Zheng "Oz" Oong, Masha Paramonova, Florine Pascal, Yunru Peng, Maria Perez, Alexandra Perkins, Emma Petersen, Cassidy Quilalang, Sierra Raby, Apsara Ram, Samantha Richey, Felicia (Faye) Romero, Caroline Romo, Nancy Rose, Kaleigh Sahlin, Courtney Sanchez, Marissa Sandoval, Katie Sanko, Lily Shang, Chenyu Shi, Vikram Shivakumar, Stephanie Shue, Yennie Shyu, Jessi Sohn, Shuhan Song, Soledad Soto, Nancy Stone, Tina Tagliaferri, Mercedes Tamayo, Trey Tang, Stavi Tennenbaum, Jessica Thang, Hannah Thorner, Josue Torres, Julie Ung, Kyra Uramoto, Jacqueline Van Siclen, Mauricio Vasquez, Mauricio Vazquez, Alba Villagrana, Candace Wang, Lawrence Wang, Tammy Wang, Yuxuan "Alexys" Wang, Maxine Weber, Elisa Yang, Jane Yang, Yao Yao, Julion Yazdani, Andrea Yeung, Zoe Yoo, Olivia Young, JiaJie Yu, Jennifer Zeng, Jiarui "Alice" Zhu

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

Open to the public!

Jan. 23, 2019
Student Invited Speaker:
Jenny Tung. Departments of Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology, Duke University
Jan. 30, 2019
Max Lambert, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

Feb. 6, 2019
Jennifer Smith, Biology Department, Mills College

Feb. 13, 2019
Jonathan Losos, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard

Feb. 20, 2019
Libby Beckman, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

Feb. 27, 2019

March 6, 2019

March 13, 2019

March 20, 2019
Melissa Hawkins, Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University

March 27, 2019
No Seminar- Spring Break

April 3, 2019

April 10, 2019
Gabrielle Nevitt, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, UC Davis

April 17, 2019
Finishing Seminar:
Luke Bloch, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

April 24, 2019
Finishing Seminar:
Leeann Louis, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

May 1, 2019
Finishing Seminar:
Noelle Bittner, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

May 8, 2019
No Seminar- MVZ Retreat

Cal Day
Saturday, April 13, 2019
MVZ open 9am - 4pm

Hats - $25

Ensatina embroidered on stone (lighter) or khaki (darker) canvas hat, one size adjustable.

T-shirts - $15

Designs in all sizes: Owl, Animal Banner, and Ensatina!

Mugs - $15

Animals reveal skeletons when mug is hot!

Posters - $3     

"Discovering Yosemite", "Understanding California", and "California Vernal Pools". 

All available at the MVZ - stop by and get yours today!

All proceeds support the museum, MVZ Archives, and AmphibiaWeb.



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