WIRED Magazine Interview on Genome Size Evolution!

Posted on Aug 2, 2017

We were interviewed by Ariel Bleicher for a nice article on genome size evolution following recent work by colleagues Aurélie Kapusta, Alexander Suh, and Cedric Feschotte.  

Grant Award from the NSF!

Posted on Jul 13, 2017

An NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) grant was just funded! The team (Shannon Willoughby (Principal Investigator), Chris Organ (Co-Principal Investigator), Jennifer Green (Co-Principal Investigator), and Brock LaMeres (Co-Principal Investigator) will help graduate students present and discuss their science and research. Here’s the abstract: NRT-IGE: Fostering Effective Oral Communication Skills for STEM Graduate Students Graduate education in the sciences, […]

Undergrads Featured on MSU News for their NCUR Presentations

Posted on Jun 1, 2017

Undergraduate research assistants, Kevin Jones and Kevin Surya, are mentioned in an MSU News story on the recent National Conference on Undergraduate Research meeting. Keep up the great work Kevin and Kevin! http://www.montana.edu/news/16963/msu-students-present-projects-at-national-conference-that-promotes-undergraduate-research

Two Lab Undergrads Receive Scholarships

Posted on May 4, 2017

Lab undergraduate research assistants received scholarships from the Department of Earth Sciences during the department’s award banquet the other week. Kevin Surya (left) received $1,900 for the Kenny Dye Memorial Scholarship and Carolyn Kocken (right) received $1,700 for the C.C. Bradley Scholarship. These scholarships recognize their hard work in the classroom and can only be earned […]

March for Science!

Posted on Apr 23, 2017
March for Science!

I headed down to Washington D.C. to join the March for Science and visit some friends. It was a great time and inspiring to see all the people (many non-scientists) come out in the rain. See the March for Science website for what to do next…

Jacob Featured on MSU Website for NSF Fellowship

Posted on Apr 19, 2017
Jacob Featured on MSU Website for NSF Fellowship

Lab graduate student, Jacob Gardner, is featured on the Montana State website for his recently acquired NSF fellowship. Great job Jacob! http://www.montana.edu/news/16864/msu-doctoral-student-awarded-national-science-foundation-fellowship-to-research-in-china

Surya and Jones Present Research at NCUR in Memphis, TN!

Posted on Apr 7, 2017

Kevin Surya (top) and Kevin Jones (bottom) presented their research on avian sexual dimorphism and primate gestation time at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee. Both talks were well-received! Way to go Kevin and Kevin!

Kevin and Jacob Volunteer on Scouts’ Day

Posted on Mar 13, 2017
Kevin and Jacob Volunteer on Scouts’ Day

Lab researchers, Kevin Surya and Jacob Gardner, volunteered at the Museum of the Rockies on Scouts’ Day to teach girls and boys scouts about the different groups of dinosaurs! After teaching them about the main groups of dinosaurs, the scouts were faced with the task of finding an example of each group in the museum’s […]

Chris is new Director of the Honors DIS program

Posted on Feb 14, 2017
Chris is new Director of the Honors DIS program

Chris joins the Honors College as the Director of the Directed Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (DIS) program. His role will officially begin in fall 2017. Here is a bit about the program: The Directed Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (DIS) is for undergraduates interested in pursuing an area of scholarly/creative inquiry which falls outside the established departmental structure and […]

New Paper in Nature Communications

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

  Our paper describes the first evidence for live birth in a fully marine Triassic archosauromorph. Check it out: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14445 http://www.montana.edu/news/16722/msu-evolutionary-biologist-co-authors-paper-on-live-birth-in-an-ancient-reptile http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/sea-monster-china-pregnant-live-birth-paleontology-science/ https://theconversation.com/pregnant-fossil-shows-bird-and-crocodile-ancestors-gave-birth-to-live-young-72826 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38971504 https://www.sciencenews.org/article/fossil-shows-ancient-reptile-gave-live-birth http://time.com/4669184/ancient-fossil-reveals-live-birth-eggs/ http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/14/14612806/fossil-pregnant-reptile-dinocephalosaurus-embryo-live-young-viviparous https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/15/forget-eggs-245-million-years-ago-this-long-necked-sea-creature-gave-birth-to-live-babies/ http://gizmodo.com/this-sea-monster-news-is-really-messing-me-up-1792397637