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Heather Seaman: An Invaluable Internship
Heather Seaman: An Invaluable Internship

This past summer Zoology major, Heather Seaman, had the chance to be a sea turtle nesting season intern at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. She recounts the experience and how it has validated her future research career.

Learning is a Contact Sport: A Summer at KBS
Learning is a Contact Sport: A Summer at KBS

Zoology major, Wissam Jawad, provides a big-picture idea of a student's summer at MSU's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.

Catherine Lindell Selected as American Ornithological Society Fellow
Catherine Lindell Selected as American Ornithological Society Fellow

Catherine Lindell was selected as a 2017 American Ornithological Society Fellow. American Ornithological Society Fellows are selected each year in recognition of their experience, commitment, and contributions to the field of ornithology and the society.

Julia Ganz Selected as American Neurosastroenterology and Motility Society Young Investigator
Julia Ganz Selected as American Neurosastroenterology and Motility Society Young Investigator

Julia Ganz was selected for the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society’s Young Investigator Award for the 2017-2018 academic year. Each year, 15 scientists are selected among gastroenterology fellows, medical and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in the early stages of their career.

A Day in the Life of an Education Intern
A Day in the Life of an Education Intern

Zoology major, Julie Javorka, blogs about her experience as an Education Intern at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI.

Elise Zipkin & Christie Bahlai Receive Mozilla Award to Develop Teaching Modules for Best Practices in Open Science
Elise Zipkin & Christie Bahlai Receive Mozilla Award to Develop Teaching Modules for Best Practices in Open Science

Christie Bahlai and Elise Zipkin have received an award from the Mozilla Science Foundation to develop materials on open data policy and management for the Foundation's open data training program. The project will create an easy-to-follow set of resources to get people started in open data across research fields.

Elise Zipkin Awarded NSF Grant to Examine Continental-Scale Stressors on the Migratory Monarch Butterfly
Elise Zipkin Awarded NSF Grant to Examine Continental-Scale Stressors on the Migratory Monarch Butterfly

Elise Zipkin is the lead investigator of a $300,000 early career award from the National Science Foundation’s MarcoSystems Biology & Early NEON Science Program to investigate the effects of climate and land-use variables on the monarch butterfly and forecast future population changes at multiple scales across the continent.

Haddad Joins KBS & IBIO Faculty As Senior Terrestrial Ecologist
Haddad Joins KBS & IBIO Faculty As Senior Terrestrial Ecologist

After a search for a Senior Terrestrial Ecologist that began last October, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Nick Haddad has been selected for this faculty position. Haddad began his joint appointment at KBS and MSU’s Department of Integrative Biology on August 16. He brings his ecological expertise and leadership experience to the table as he helps to lead the KBS LTER.

Evolution During Global Change: Sarah Fitzpatrick
Evolution During Global Change: Sarah Fitzpatrick

Sarah Fitzpatrick blogs about her presentation as an ASN Young Investigator winner at the Society for the Study of Evolution conference.

Helen McCreery Joins IBIO to Study Cooperation in Groups
Helen McCreery Joins IBIO to Study Cooperation in Groups

Helen McCreery has joined our team as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Tom Getty. Originally an environmental engineer, Helen has always been fascinated by social groups, especially social insects. At MSU Helen will extend this research on cooperation to other species to see how other diverse groups coordinate their actions.

From Veterinary Medicine to Zoo Education: How MSU Experiences shifted Mariah Faszczewski's Career Goals
From Veterinary Medicine to Zoo Education: How MSU Experiences shifted Mariah Faszczewski's Career Goals

Mariah Faszczewski is a transfer student whose success in the Zoology Program helped guide her to her ultimate goal: educating the public on animals and conservation issues. We chatted with her to learn more about her transition to MSU, her experiences here, and how they impacted her future career goals.

Alumna, Kateri Salk, Joins University of Waterloo to Study the Causes of Algal Blooms in Lakes
Alumna, Kateri Salk, Joins University of Waterloo to Study the Causes of Algal Blooms in Lakes

After completing her doctoral degree at Michigan State University, Kateri Salk joined the lab of Sherry Schiff and Jason Venkiteswaran at the University of Waterloo as a postdoctoral research fellow. Kateri will be working on a project that uses ecosystem modeling to understand the drivers of algal blooms in temperate lakes. 

Cindy Wagner: Inspiring Conservation One Child at a Time 
Cindy Wagner: Inspiring Conservation One Child at a Time 

Staring into the large soft eyes of a 2,700 lb. black rhino and learning about the plight of this endangered species in the wild can change any person’s perspective. For Cynthia Wagner, Director of Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo, this experience and understanding is a powerful driving force behind decisions she makes each and every day.

2017 Alumni & Friends Newsletter Now Available
2017 Alumni & Friends Newsletter Now Available

The 2017 newsletter highlights our Department's accomplishments from the past year including awards, grants, and influential research. Several alumni are also featured.

Katherine Magoulick: Crossing Oceans and Disciplines
Katherine Magoulick: Crossing Oceans and Disciplines

Katherine (Kat) Magoulick strategically selected her majors (zoology and history) and hands-on experiences to bolster her goal of earning a doctorate in paleoecology. She wants to study aspects that caused ancient wildlife to go extinct so that she can prevent species from going extinct in the future.

What an Artificial Intelligence Researcher Fears About AI
What an Artificial Intelligence Researcher Fears About AI

Arend Hintze researches the evolution of natural and artificial intelligence. He recently wrote an article for The Conversation discussing his concerns about artificial intelligence including (1) fear of the unforeseen, (2) fear of misuse, (3) fear of wrong social priorities, and (4) fear of the nightmare scenario. 

Janette Boughman named Fulbright Scholar
Janette Boughman named Fulbright Scholar

Janette Boughman has been named a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar in recognition of her research in Iceland on the adaptation of stickleback fish to the rapid human-induced environmental changes in the arctic. Boughman, whose project will run from January to August 2018, will be affiliated with Hólar University College and the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Gars and Stripes: Research 'Flags' Evolutionary Ancestry of Pigment Patterns in Zebrafish, Spotted Gar
Gars and Stripes: Research 'Flags' Evolutionary Ancestry of Pigment Patterns in Zebrafish, Spotted Gar

Just as the stars and stripes reflect the history of our nation, Ingo Braasch’s “Gars and Stripes” project represents the evolution of genomic and morphological relationships among vertebrate animals—connecting the past with the present. New research reveals the evolutionary link between fish and other vertebrate animals.

Clara Lepard's Undergraduate Research Experiences Have Contributed to Her Success
Clara Lepard's Undergraduate Research Experiences Have Contributed to Her Success

Clara Lepard established an impressive, research-based resume at MSU as an undergraduate majoring in Zoology. Not only was she was actively involved in six research labs throughout her undergraduate career, but she presented her research twice at MSU’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Clara has been a recipient of many scholarships and awards, including the 2017 Outstanding Academic Achievement and Promise in Zoology Award.

2017 Conservation Medicine in New Zealand Study Abroad Recap
2017 Conservation Medicine in New Zealand Study Abroad Recap

A new semester-long, global educational initiative was successfully completed Spring Semester 2017, providing students with a unique opportunity for laboratory research, field studies, and cultural integration. The Conservation Medicine in New Zealand Program provided students with a fundamental understanding of the interconnected components of health while gaining research and communication skills. The students worked with leading researchers, government agencies, and local communities to facilitate global health initiatives.