5. News

9/9/2020. NEW PAPER! Our new paper in Molecular Ecology Resources is the cover article- “Building a global genomics observatory: Using GEOME (the Genomic Observatories Metadatabase) to expedite and improve deposition and retrieval of genetic data and metadata for biodiversity research.” This exciting new resource allows scientists to upload their sample metadata to GEOME, which then automatically generates NCBI submission files, linking the two simultaneously and facilitating biodiversity science and reproducibility. Paper can be found here https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1755-0998.13269 and a new blog post about GEOME written by The Molecular Ecologist can be found here https://www.molecularecologist.com/2020/11/geome-is-putting-genetic-data-in-its-place/

9/1/20. NEW PAPER! Just out in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom “Comparative cleaning behaviour of Pederson’s cleaner shrimp (Ancylomenes pedersoni) between geographically close yet ecologically dissimilar coral reef habitats.” This paper represents the first first-author publication from one of my previous students I’ve advised! Paper can be found here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-marine-biological-association-of-the-united-kingdom/article/comparative-cleaning-behaviour-of-pedersons-cleaner-shrimp-ancylomenes-pedersoni-between-geographically-close-yet-ecologically-dissimilar-coral-reef-habitats/80B3EA945115E8E4099CB4D114C47AF3

2/6/20. FUNDING! My Marie Curie Individual Fellowship was just selected for funding by the European Union! My project is titled ANEMONE: Evolving a home for Nemo: Genomic consequences and convergence in a model marine mutualism. The project will be conducted with Dr. Nicolas Salamin at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

2/3/20. NEW PAPER! Just out in Biology Letters is my recent paper demonstrating that clownfish presence increases the taxonomic and functional microbial diversity in the host anemone microbiome! https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0738

12/15/19. FUNDING! The National Science Foundation has recommended my grant proposal for funding! I am now the Lead-PI on a project to explore the evolution, species delimitation, and systematics of the clownfish-hosting sea anemones, and understand the origin of tropical sea anemone diversity broadly. $740,000

10/21/19. Recently I was invited to give a talk at the Marine and Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) in Orlando, FL. My talk, on cryptic species in the aquarium trade, is now up on YouTube:

10/18/19. Molecular Ecology has highlighted our recent publication with a blog post. Check it out here! https://molecularecologyblog.com/2019/10/18/interview-with-the-authors-genomic-signatures-of-sympatric-speciation-with-historical-and-contemporary-gene-flow-in-a-tropical-anthozoan-hexacorallia-actiniaria/

8/30/19. Our accepted paper at Molecular Ecology on sympatric speciation is now out! https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/mec.15157

6/19/19. Press release on our latest paper on the Phylogenetics of the clownfish-hosting sea anemones. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/amon-ff061919.php

6/10/19. New paper on the “Phylogenetic relationships among the clownfish-hosting sea anemones” is out at Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790319301575?dgcid=author

6/4/19. Coming Soon! New paper on the “Genomic signatures of sympatric speciation with historical and contemporary gene flow in a tropical anthozoan (Hexacorallia: Actiniaria)” was just accepted at Molecular Ecology!

3/5/19. Heading to Moorea, French Polynesia to work with Dr. Ricardo Beldade, Dr. Suzie Mills, and Dr. Bruno Lapyere of CRIOBE on the genomic basis of bleaching resistance in the magnificent anemone Heteractis magnifica. We will be taking a holobiome approach to explore genomic variation in the microbial, Symbiodineacean, and anemone host communities across a population of anemones that are, and are not, resistant to thermal stress in the lagoon surrounding Moorea.

1/24/19. Our new paper is out in Scientific Reports on the evolution of cheating behaviors in Caribbean cleaner shrimps! https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-37418-5

Heteractis magnifica and Amphiprion negripes in the Maldives