On Monday, December 11, 2017 our own Jacob Edwards will defend his Master's Thesis. The defense will take place in Bio 133 at CSU. Be sure to stop by if you're in the area! Jacob will be moving on to Columbia University in the Spring, where he will be a PhD student in the Woolley Lab, studying birdsong and learning.
This year we hosted the third incarnation of the Guppy Retreat for our collaborative guppy grant. Day one took place at the Tamasag Conference Center, day two was at the Primrose Center and day three was at our brand new CSU Biology building in the fourth floor conference room with a fabulous view! Day one was focused on pulling together existing data and discussing publications and next steps. Day two focused on subsequent grant proposals. And we threw in a wonderful dinner together, too!
We had a great time at the 2017 Guppy Retreat. It was really fun and unbelievably productive!
Laura Stein was pleased to host her former PhD advisor, Dr. Alison Bell, for this week's Biology Department Seminar! Alison gave a very interesting talk on variation and plasticity in social behavior in stickleback fish. She had the opportunity to meet with professors and graduate students from the department and see first-hand where Laura is working these days. It was our pleasure to host her and we hope she enjoyed her visit as much as we did!
Classes are starting, the undergraduates are returning to campus, and the Hoke Lab has moved to the new Biology building at Colorado State University. New college students are just beginning their academic year, but 2017 has already been a busy year for the Hoke Lab! Below are some of the highlights from Spring and Summer 2017:
In January, the Hoke Lab took on a new Research Assistant, Leorah McGinnis. Check out the “People” tab to get to know her better.
In February, Kim Dolphin, Laura Stein and Will Roberts went to Trinidad for a field trip to collect more guppies. Read about the Trindadian guppy system here!
In May, Kim Hoke and Laura attended the IBANGS 2017 Genes, Brain and Bahaviour conference in Madrid, Spain. Laura presented a poster on trait correlations in guppies.
Also in May, Kim D. gave her first talk on plasticity and courtship behavior at the 2017 Poeciliid Meeting (7th Conference of Poeciliid Biologists) in Norman, Oklahoma.
In June, Laura attended the Methods in Ecological Genomic Analysis 2017 workshop at the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory in the Florida Keys, where she learned about gene expression analysis using TAG seq.
In July, Kim D. and Laura went to Telluride, Colorado to do outreach with kids ages 5-10 through the Pinhead Institute. They used live guppies to teach lessons about natural selection, genetics and evolutionary biology.
Also in July, Jacob Edwards presented a poster on "Plasticity and stability in the amphibian CNS over metamorphosis” at the Developmental Neurobiology Course in Okinawa, Japan where he learned about CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing and light-sheet microscopy using zebrafish.
Kim Hoke returned from her sabbatical in July. It gave her time to read a lot of papers and synthesize even more fields of biology into her thinking. In Part I, she visited her field sites in Peru and built a new relationship with Mario Penna in Chile, which could lead to new future field sites. In Part II, she received a fellowship from Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study to work with Hans Gerd Nothwang and Ulrike Sienknecht in Germany.
In August, Laura gave a talk on guppy maternal effects at the Behaviour 2017 conference in Estoril, Portugal.
We also welcomed three REU students into the lab this summer. Check out the “People” tab to get to know them better.
Check back here on the homepage for more updates on outreach, conferences, and more as we head into Fall 2017! In the mean time you can keep up with us on Twitter.
The Hoke Lab had a great showing at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) 2017 conference in New Orleans! Kim Hoke gave an invited symposium talk on incorporating recursive neural circuits when examining target and action selection in animal communication. Jenny Stynoski and Molly Womack gave excellent talks with the latest updates on the earless toad project. Laura Stein presented the latest phenotypic and behavioral results from a long-term guppy project aimed at examining genetic underpinnings of behavioral divergence. And Kim Dolphin gave her first conference talk outlining the first results from her studies elucidating the effects of evolutionary history and rearing environment on courtship behavior in guppies.
We said tearful goodbyes to Molly as she begins her new postdoc at UC Berkeley and the Smithsonian. We will miss you!
Check out the 'Publications' tab for an updated list of all Hoke Lab publications in 2016!
The Hoke Lab graduates its second PhD student - Dr. Molly Womack
If you missed her defense but want to hear about her research on developmental bias and earless frogs - click here!
When should you listen to your mom's advice? Laura's fellowship will assess how offspring integrate maternal experience with population history and own experience into behavioral, morphological, and physiological phenotypes by incorporating behavioral, hormonal, neurobiological, and genomic approaches. Her fellowship will also provide funding to help develop hypothesis-driven STEM programs in cooperation with nearby schools, as well as develop resources for women in the early stages of their careers in biology. Congratulations Laura!
Jennifer Stynoski was awarded her own postdoc funding through AAUW!!!
She will focus on earless toad development as well as some genomic work with the guppies!
Our primary goal is to understand the processes that shape evolutionary trajectories. We focus on the mechanisms of convergent evolution of behavioral and morphological traits. We link molecular, neural, and developmental mechanisms to their consequences for organismal phenotypes, and we investigate the neural and hormonal mechanisms of context- or experience-dependent changes in behavior.