12/12/2013 – Anthony Lab to Host Field Training Course in Gabon
The Anthony Lab is happy to announce that we will be running a field training course in Lopé National Park, Gabon this coming summer! Twenty students – ten American, ten Gabonese – will spend two weeks in and around Lopé learning the fine art of biological fieldwork. The course will begin in the spring semester with an online training seminar that will cover aspects of safety, logistics, conservation and ecological theory, study design, data analysis, and language relevant to doing work in Central Africa. We will then travel to Gabon where students will work in groups to pursue research projects of their own design, under the guidance of experienced researchers from UNO, UCLA, and USTM. These projects will be presented back to the group at the end of the course, and are sure to be an exciting and highly educational experience for all. Selection of applicants is already underway, and you can look here for updates on the course as it progresses. Also look for updates on the CAB-Alliance project's upcoming field season in Cameroon!
9/30/2013 – Dr. Cindy Sagers visits the University of New Orleans
Dr. Cindy Sagers of the University of Arkansas visited us this week to present her research on the feralization of genetically-modified herbicide resistant canola in North Dakota. GMO crops are a very hot topic in research, agriculture, and society right now, with the potential both for great benefits and large problems. Her work highlights the difficulty of containing transgenes in agricultural ecosystems, where plants regularly escape their fields and establish themselves in the wild, and explores some of the possible effects of the migration of transgenes into natural ecosystems. The biology graduate student society at UNO also hosted a luncheon with Dr. Sagers, where students had the opportunity to discuss her work, as well as her experiences working as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. It was wonderful to have her here to share her research and her insights, and we hope that she returns soon!
7/22-27/2013 – Professional Development Workshop in Franceville, Gabon
This week, researchers and students from the US, Gabon, Cameroon, and Europe met at Université des sciences et techniques de Masuku (USTM) in Franceville, Gabon for a professional development workshop. Activities included presentations on leadership techniques, acquiring grants from international funding agencies, and article writing tips. There were also many workshops in which attendees had a chance to try out a variety of software analysis packages, present ideas for future research projects, and showcase projects already underway in Gabon. The workshop has its own website for you to visit.
7/17/2013 – Television Interview
Researchers Nicky Anthony (UNO) and Jean-Françis Mboumba (USTM) talk about the CAB-Alliance Project in an interview on Gabonese national television. A five-minute clip from a longer television news segment.
5-7/2013 – Fieldwork in Gabon
In May, June, and July the Anthony Lab collaborated with researchers from Gabon and Cameroon to conduct extensive field sampling in the forests of Gabon. Over three months we visited six different sites across the country, sampling forest mice, small frogs, and duiker feces. Coming soon will be a brand new site that chronicles our adventures in Gabon in the summer of 2013 – stay tuned for the link once it goes live! In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the trip.
5/15/13 – The Anthony Lab celebrates graduations!
The Anthony Lab celebrates the graduations of three of its undergraduate members: Gabriel Fiorini, David Weber, and Jonathon Clark! Dave and Gabe are continuing on at the lab as graduate students (Gabe was actually in Gabon on fieldwork for his graduation) while Jonathon has gone on to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health. The lab gives thanks for the hard work of all three students, and anticipates great things to come from them in the future.
5/6/13 – Dr. Katy Morgan joins the lab!
The Anthony Lab welcomes Dr. Katy Morgan, a postdoctoral researcher who joins us from the Max Planck Institute. Katy hit the ground running, meeting us in the field in Gabon to assist with fieldwork on the mice and duiker taxa that we are studying for Project CABAlliance. She brings invaluable expertise in landscape genetics and next-generation sequencing to the lab, and will be a tremendous asset for us both in the lab and in the field. Welcome, Katy!