Funding for science pretty dry right now, so I'm delighted to make two announcements.
First, my Ph.D. student Maggie Hantak received an Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation! This is good funding, and a HUGE honor. Most graduate students apply for one of these grants, but few ever get one. Great work, Maggie!!!
Second, my Ph.D. student Charlene Hopkins received funding the Ohio Department of Transportation. This will fund her for two years, and is a large amount of money (posting would feel like bragging, but many professors have never received a grant this big!). Yea for Charlene!!!!
So, congratulations to Maggie and Charlene! We are all very proud of both of you.
It turns out I'm not an adept blogger, so I'm slow to get this posted, but there is big news! Merri Collins did a masterful job of defending her Masters thesis! I now dub her Master Merri, not to be confused with Merry from Lord of the Rings, or my dog Merry, The title of her thesis was "Searching for a Salamander: Distribution and Habitat of the Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) in Southeast Ohio Using Environmental DNA." I like this title, but Merri did more than look at eDNA; she also did a ton of field sampling for salamanders and macroinvertebrates, and did studies of stream chemistry and stream morphology. A very complete project, and all done in 2 years. Amazing work!
Merri got a job right away, and is working as a Wildlife Research Technician at Iowa State University.
Way to go, Merri!