Author Archives: Danielle Whittaker

Today's Google Doodle features hominid evolution!

Here at BEACON, we’re of course excited to see today’s Google Doodle (archived here) celebrating Lucy, the Australopithecus afarensis fossil discovered in 1973. However, BEACON’s Education Director Louise Mead points out, “I usually love the Google doodles, but the one for today, acknowledging … Continue reading

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BEACON Activity in China

BEACON Director Erik Goodman just returned from a 13-day trip to China, where he met with BEACON-collaborating teams in Shanghai’s Tongji University and at Shantou University in Guangdong Province. In Shanghai, the Tongji researchers also met with MSU Horticulture Prof. … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolution Goes Plink

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Kyle Card. Richard Feynman was an eccentric theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate who had a profound impact on the field of quantum mechanics. As a child, he … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Searching for the Cradle of Life…

This week’s blog post is by MSU faculty member Matt Schrenk (Dept. of Geological Sciences & Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics). … a kilometer beneath the sea. We set sail from Southampton, UK in late October aboard the RRS James … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Omics beyond model organisms, part II

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Gaurav Moghe. Almost two and half years ago, when I was a graduate student, I wrote a blog post in this very series titled “Omics beyond model organisms”, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The grasshopper mouse versus venom

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Abhijna Parigi. Of all the bizarre animals that live in the deserts, grasshopper mice are, objectively, the cutest. These cinnamon-colored rodents are small enough to fit in … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: A foreigner’s forays into experimental evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Carina Baskett. When I spent a semester of college in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we American students were endlessly fascinated by cultural differences between the US and Argentina. As … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Are Electric Fish Magic?

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by postdoc Will Pitchers from the Gallant Lab at MSU. The fishes in our lab — African freshwater fish called Mormyrids — seem pretty magical when one first hears about them; … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Female vision-related genes are more plastic in Bicyclus anynana

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of California at Irvine graduate student Aide Macias-Muñoz. My interest in biology began when I was very young with my fascination in living things. My exposure to diverse plants … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Life by the Lake

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by College of Charleston junior Kola George. Kola was an BEACON Undergraduate Research Apprentice (URA) at MSU Kellogg Biological Station in summer 2015, with Jeff Conner as his mentor. This summer, I was … Continue reading

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