Our most recent publication in the Journal of Applied Ecology has been featured by a number of news agencies. We discuss the potential for Darwin's finches to go extinct as a result of the invasive parasitic fly, Philornis downsi. Our study uses a model to predict that extinction within the century is possible for some species of Darwin's finches in the absence of any intervention to reduce fly prevalence. It is always exciting (and a little terrifying) when our work is brought into the mainstream, but the hope is that the attention can further highlight the urgency of this problem. Links to the various news stories are provided below.
Again I'm excited to say that the Koop lab is growing. Suzanne Sussman will be joining our team to work on temperature tolerance in the faucet snail. Allison Cambra is also joining to help with snail husbandry and sequencing for our pop gen study. Welcome to the lab!
Undergraduate honors student, Kaci Dumas, has commenced her thesis project aimed at putting a fresh spin on the old adage of "reduce, reuse, recycle." Kaci is a graphic design major who will be creating a series of novel, interactive infographics to spread awareness of the various effects of plastic pollution on our planet. She recently presented her first installment at the 14th Annual Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment held at Bridgewater State University.
I am super excited to welcome two new members to the lab. Rebecca Sachtel is an undergraduate Biology major who will be joining the lab to work on the Faucet snail system. Stephanie Almeida is an undergraduate Biology major who will be joining the lab to also work on the Faucet snail system. (Pictures coming soon)