Defenses, defenses, defenses!

Will defended his MS in May 2021, and has moved onto a PhD in the lab on range wide genetic analysis of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. We are thrilled to be working on this project with many collaborators from Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, and I am personally thrilled that Will is staying for a PhD to focus on this expanded genomic work on Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

Jimena defended her PhD in June, and is now a visiting assistant professor at Lees-McRae College. Check out this great article about here there! Fortunately many lab members have lots of ongoing collaboration with Jimena, so it doesn’t fully feel like she’s really left the lab.

Alex defended his MS in October 2021, and is sticking around the lab to work as a research technician for the ecoSTOICH project for the next year. I’m thrilled to work with him for another year and we have some exciting projects in the works!

Although Jessi has not yet defended, her defense is scheduled for January 2022, and she received the great news that she’s been selected for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology to work with Nina Therkildsen at Cornell starting in March 2022. Wooohooo Jessi! She also moved to Germany, which made for a sad Laramie goodbye, but is not as sad as it would have been if we were not still living in zoom world, which makes us all feel like we’re in the same close-by computerland even when living half a world apart.

A goodbye gathering for Jessi’s departure to Germany…especially bittersweet as this was our second physical get-together since the start of the pandemic, and a whole new tiny human had joined the lab in the mean time. At least we all get to hang out on Zoom a lot.

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