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Lewis Naisbett-Jones featured on UNC’s Endeavors!

September 23, 2021

Lewis Naisbett-Jones, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology, has been featured in an article for UNC’s Endeavors for his research on satellite telemetry to track the migrations of sheepshead fish near the North Carolina coast. Congratulations, Lewis!

From the article: “Commercial and recreational fishing are important contributors to the North Carolina economy, but there are still lots of unknowns about many fish species. UNC–Chapel Hill PhD student Lewis Naisbett-Jones is trying to unravel some of that mystery by tracking the migration of one popular species in the fishing community: sheepshead.”

Read the full article here.

Esteban Agudo and Savannah Ryburn featured on the Center for Galapagos Studies’ website!

September 22, 2021

UNC Biology Ph.D. students, Esteban Agudo and Savannah Ryburn have been featured on the website for the Center for Galapagos Studies. Congratulations, Esteban and Savannah!

The website post, called “UNC PhD students turn challenges of pandemic into opportunities in Galapagos,” gives detailed profiles of both Esteban and Savannah, as well as the work they have been doing with the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies. Read the full article here.

Daniel Matute awarded 2021 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize!

September 2, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Matute, one of the winners of the 2021 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. According to the announcement, “The annual Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement have been awarded to four promising faculty members who exemplify groundbreaking and innovative research along with future career promise.” Along with Dr. Matute, Dr. Nicholas Law (Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Alice Marwick (Communication), and Dr. Cleo Samuel-Ryals (Health Policy and Management) also won the award. Congratulations, Dr. Matute!

Biology Students Support Carolina Cancer Association!

August 26, 2021

A group of UNC Biology students have been featured on UNC’s website for their work in founding and supporting the Carolina Cancer Association. According to the article, “Student group focuses on supporting cancer research, enhancing scientific careers,” “In 2019, biology and biochemistry student Sloane Fussell, along with fellow students Kayla Snare and Jonah Im, founded the Carolina Cancer Association, formerly the Carolina Med Society, an organization for students studying biology to learn more about cancer and gain access to UNC Lineberger’s resources.”

To read more about the Carolina Cancer Association and their current fundraising efforts, read the article here.

Biology Graduate Students featured in Grad School Magazine!

August 25, 2021

UNC Biology graduate students Isabel Silva Romero and Diego Urquía have been featured in the UNC Grad School Magazine. The article, “Passion for the Galapagos Brings Universidad San Francisco de Quito Alumni to Chapel Hill as Graduate Students,” describes the students’ journey from Universidad San Francisco de Quito to UNC-Chapel Hill. Congratulations, Isabel and Diego!

From the article: “Two incoming Ph.D. students share a love for South America and for the intricate ecosystems and wildlife that support it. Isabel Silva Romero and Diego Urquía are joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as international students thanks to a longstanding connection between UNC Center for Galapagos Studies and Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where the pair completed their undergraduate studies.”

For detailed profiles of the two students, read the article here.

Ahmed Belghith selected as NIH UGSP Scholar!

July 19, 2021

Congratulations to UNC Biology’s own undergraduate student, Ahmed Belghith, who has been selected as one of 15 students in the nation to be a UGSP Scholar with NIH! According to Teaching Assistant Professor Eric Hastie, this is extremely prestigious and includes a scholarship, summer internship, and one-year employment opportunities after graduation. Check out the program’s website here:

Delaney O’Connell’s first publication as a graduate student!

July 8, 2021

Delaney O’Connell, a Ph.D. student in Brian Taylor’s lab, has been featured in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. “A computational framework for studying energetics and resource management in sea turtle migration and autonomous systems” is O’Connell’s first publication as a graduate student. Congratulations, Delaney!

Some of the article’s highlights include, “Evaluated migration performance for a variety of tracking tags, demonstrates the effects of tracking tags on the ability to navigate and forage, demonstrates energy usage and path efficiency for different tracking tags, findings and software can aid in development of field work studies.” The paper also features collaborations with four principal investigators: UNC Biology’s Brian Taylor, Susan Piacenza (Department of Biology – University of West Florida), Joseph Piacenza (Mechanical Engineering – University of West Florida), and John Faller II (Computer Engineering Program – California State University: Fullerton).

Read the full article here.

Emily Harmon awarded the 2021 Howard McCarley Research Award!

June 30, 2021

UNC Biology graduate student Emily Harmon has been awarded the 2021 Howard McCarley Research Award from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN). Congratulations, Emily!

From the press release: “The Southwestern Association of Naturalists is pleased to announce that graduate student Emily Harmon was presented with a 2021 Howard McCarley Student Research Award for her research project entitled “The role of parental environment in shaping phenotypes.” Emily is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Biology with her major advisor, Dr. David Pfennig, Professor. The Southwestern Association of Naturalists is an international association of scientists, educators, and students, founded in 1953 to promote the field study of plants and animals (living and fossil) in the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America. The award was announced at the annual meeting held virtually in April.”