Chris Joins Montana INBRE (NIH) as Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Posted on Dec 3, 2018

Chris Joins the Montana INBRE program as Senior Bioinformatics Scientist. From our website: “Montana INBRE is a collaborative network of Ph.D.-granting institutions, baccalaureate schools and tribal colleges that invests in Montana’s biomedical research capacity and workforce pipeline. Our aim is to improve the health and well being of all Montanans, and we’re achieving this by […]

Jacob Gives Pop Gen Workshop

Posted on Nov 4, 2018
Jacob Gives Pop Gen Workshop

Lab Ph.D. student, Jacob Gardner, led a workshop on the four-population test last week. The four-population test is a recently-developed, but fundamental, test in population genomics used to infer population structure and admixture. Jacob wrote a tutorial that uses a sample of the Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes to outline the test and replicate the findings […]

New Lab Members!

Posted on Oct 18, 2018

Welcome, Isaura and Sarah. Isaura is a Masters student interested in teeth and beak evolution in dinosaurs and Sarah is an intrepid Freshman interested in evolutionary dynamics.

Capital Showing at NCUR!

Posted on Apr 8, 2018
Capital Showing at NCUR!

We attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Oklahoma City. This was a very well run and fun conference. Kevin presented work on how the branch length units of phylogenies affect comparative analyses. Gia gave a great poster about her work on the intersection of cancer and development. Thanks Rose!

Undergrad Research Assistants Receive USP Research Grants

Posted on Dec 6, 2017

Undergraduate Research Assistants, Gia Fisher, Rudy Hummel, and Kevin Surya, received research grants from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to fund their research projects during the 2017-18 academic year. Gia is working with Chris Organ (lab PI) to develop the very first developmental “phylogeny” and to test if accounting for the shared developmental history […]

Jacob Receives DRI Grant for Biomechanics Research

Posted on Dec 6, 2017
Jacob Receives DRI Grant for Biomechanics Research

Lab Ph.D. student, Jacob Gardner, received a research grant from the Dinosaur Research Institute to collect more data for our ongoing project on the evolution of dinosaur and mammal biomechanics. The Dinosaur Research Institute is a Canadian-based charity that aims to fund research on Canadian dinosaurs. With this grant, Jacob will collect biomechanical lever arm […]

Students and Faculty Featured in Article on SVP Conference Overview

Posted on Nov 2, 2017

Undergraduate research assistants, Kevin Surya and Jack Wilson, wrote an article for MSU News summarizing the research that was presented by current and former MSU paleontology students and faculty at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in August. This article highlights the strength of MSU’s paleontology research program. Macroevolution Lab students and faculty featured include […]

Geological Society of America Conference

Posted on Oct 27, 2017

Chris Organ (middle), Jacob Gardner (left), and Kevin Surya (right) presented their research at the Geological Society of America’s annual conference in late October. Chris (lab PI) gave an invited talk on the importance of using the fossil record in comparative genomics studies. Jacob (Ph.D. student) presented preliminary results for a study on the mode […]

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, […]