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Prof. Jonathan Eisen highlighted in Time Magazine for his work on increasing diversity in science.

February 21, 2020

Jonathan Eisen, professor at the genome center at University of California, Davis, knows he’s an unlikely champion for female representation at scientific conferences. But he also knows someone needs to point out the dearth of women who are speakers at these events. Since Eisen, 51, first vented his frustration with the problem in a 2012 blog post, his social-media feed has called out scientific gatherings that disproportionately feature male scientists.

Santiago Ramirez named Chancellor’s Fellow

January 22, 2020

The 2019-20 Chancellor’s Fellows, from left: Top row — Christopher Barker, Eleonora Grandi, Jane Gu, Erin Hamilton, Maceo Montoya and Santiago Ramirez. Bottom row — Shalini Satkunanandan, Christopher Simmons, Anne Todgham, Aijun Wang, Megan Welsh and Nicolas Zwyns.

The fellowships come with cash awards — $25,000 this year — for research or other scholarly work.

Can Scents Create New Species? Smells Like Orchid Bee Evolution

January 17, 2020

A male orchid bee zips around the rainforest, a flash of iridescent green against an equally emerald background. The bee stops at various flowers, fungi and dead trees, collecting fragrant particles and storing them in pockets in its hind legs. Then, it perches on a tree trunk. But the bee doesn’t rest. Instead, it flitters about, using its wings to disperse a bouquet of perfumes into the air.

The aromatic efforts are all for the sake of attracting a mate.  

Attack of the Clones: Investigating the Non-Genetic Origins of Behavior with New Faculty Kate Laskowski

November 22, 2019
About 250,000 years ago, in the region that would become southern Texas and northern Mexico, a unique evolutionary event reshaped the future of a local fish species.

A female Atlantic molly (Poecilia mexicana) reproduced with a male Sailfin molly (Poecilia latipinna), producing a unique fish hybrid called the Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa). In many cases, nature safeguards hybrids through sterility. But in the case of the Amazon molly, something extraordinary happened.

Distinguished Professor Art Shapiro Profiled by The Los Angeles Times

November 12, 2019

November 12, 2019

"Meet the scientist who's been counting California butterflies for 47 years and has no plans to stop," reads the headline for a profile article about Distinguished Professor Art Shapiro, of the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Center for Population Biology. The piece was published today in the Los Angeles Times.   

Aggie Hero: Professor Jonathan Eisen

November 08, 2019

November 05, 2019

Posted by Tanya Perez

Perhaps the best way to sum up Professor Jonathan Eisen’s philosophy is to note his belief that “It is important to fix that which is easily fixable.” 

Eisen, who has appointments in the Genome Center, the department of evolution and ecology, and the department of medical microbiology and immunology, “uses his powers of national influence for good,” according to his Aggie Hero nominator.