Encyclopedia of Evolution

I wrote a little primer on social effects in quantitative genetics for the Springer’s Encyclopedia of Evolution which is now available online. It’s an introduction to how social interactions between relatives and non-relatives affect the standard model of phenotypic evolution. There are some equations involved, but everything is simplified and explained for the mathophobic. If […]

Tyler Miller selected for Fralin SURF program

Undergraduate researcher Tyler Miller was one of only 21 students selected for this year’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute. Tyler will be working on an independent project related to our work on the evolution voltage-gated sodium channels. Congratulations, Tyler!

Revamped lab website

We have finally updated our lab webpage after a long hiatus. I have added a lot items to the Lab News section for events that happened during the fallow period. I’ve also updated lots of the old posts with more information and pictures to give you a better idea of what we’ve been up to over the […]

SICB Evolutionary Endocrinology Symposium

I just returned from SICB 2016, where Bob Cox, Fran Bonier, and I co-organized an NSF-sponsored symposium on Evolutionary Endocrinology. We had a fantastic group of speakers, and we’re currently putting together a special issue of Integrative and Comparative Biology based on the symposium. In the meantime, I posted some immediate reactions to the talks […]

McGlothlin Lab at Virginia Science Festival

The McGlothlin Lab had a booth at this year’s Virginia Science Festival entitled “Reptile Relatives,” which both showcased reptile diversity and showed how similar skeletal structure reveals that reptiles are our (distant) relatives. Lab members put in a lot of work designing and running the booth, and we had excellent turnout from the community.

New postdoc, John Abramyan

Today a new postdoc, John Abramyan, joins the lab. John comes to us from the University of British Columbia, where he has been working on amniote tooth development. He also has interests in genomics and gene-family evolution, and here he’ll be working on our NSF-funded project on voltage-gated sodium channels. Welcome to Blacksburg, John! Incidentally, John […]