Congratulations to Abba Parker and Lorena Benitez for presenting their undergraduate research at the 2017 SICB meeting in New Orleans! Abba presented her work on niche partitioning in fossil horses and Lorena discussed the evolution of vertebral morphology in mammals. Well done!
Massive congratulations to Katrina Jones for being awarded an American Association of Anatomists Postdoctoral Fellowship! Katrina will use her fellowship to continue research in the lab on our synapsid vertebral evolution project. Fantastic!
Recently, Stephanie submitted a new manuscript to PeerJ Preprints*, while the paper is under peer-reveiw. This is the first time the lab has submitted a preprint, but so far it has been a great experince; the manuscript has already been viewed 512x and has been downloaded 98x! Check it out at the following link:
Jillian Oliver has published her stellar MSc work on the mechanics of the xenarthran vertebral column! What a great way to start off the academic year and her 2nd month of being a PhD student at Brown in Tom Roberts lab. Way to go!
We're back from a wonderful trip to South Africa! Stephanie and Katrina spent 3 fossil-packed weeks studying and collecting data on synapsids from the Karoo Basin for our NSF funded project: evolution of the mammalian backbone. Collaborator Ken Angielczyk joined us for the second half of the trip and taught us all about dicynodonts. We met lots of wonderful scientists and saw some really amazing...
The Pierce Lab just returned from the International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology 11 in Washington DC. It was a fantastic conference with lots of great science, networking, and fun with old (and new) friends and colleagues. Everyone from the lab did an awesome job at presenting their research! We presented two posters (Blake = frog fish fins; Stephanie = salamander muscle physiology) and 7 talks - phew. Here is a quick summary:
Katrina talked about our work on the evolution of mammal-type axial regionalization and Robert discussed the ins-and-outs of cervical vertebral...