Announcing the 2022 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

Announcing the 2022 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Awards

The AGA grants EECG Research Awards each year to graduate and post-doctoral researchers who are at a critical point in their research, where additional funds would allow them to conclude their research project and prepare it for publication.

Thirty students and post-docs applied for funding this year.  In 2021, the AGA Council voted to redirect funds from covid-related cost-savings to support a greater number of worthy scholars than in previous years.  This year, Council again increased the EECG funding to enable 8 PhD students and 4 postdocs to receive an award.  All awards were between $4,000-$6,000.

EECG awardees get the opportunity to hone their science communication through writing posts over their grant tenure for the AGA Blog. In the first in the series, our EECG awardees write about their research and their interests as an 'embarkation'.  Watch for these blog posts this spring!

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 EECG Awards:

1.  Miranda Wade, Michigan State University - The Effects of Microplastics Exposure Across Development Generations and Molecular Levels

2.  William Thomas, Stony Brook University - Genetics of a unique wintering strategy in Sorex araneus

3.  Mason Stothart, University of Calgary - Quantifying the inheritance of fitness linked metagenomic variation in the wild

4.  Daniel Shaw, University of Georgia - Dynamic evolution of centromeres on recently evolved sex chromosomes in stickleback fish

5.  Omid Saleh Ziabari, University of Rochester - The mechanistic basis of genetic accommodation in aphid wing dimorphisms

6.  Peter Price, University of Sheffield - Deciphering the locus of sexual selection using single-cell sequencing

7.  Karina Montero & Mark Gillingham, University of Oviedo - Worlds within islands: deciphering the evolutionary mechanisms driving gut microbiome biogeography using an oceanic island system

8.  Zachary Laubach, University of Colorado, Boulder - Variation in parental care establishes lifelong patterns of DNA methylation associated with physiological stress

9.  Christine Ewers-Saucedo, Zoological Museum of the Christian-Albrechts University - The ghost of oysters past: museomics of an extinct oyster population and the search for survivors

10.  Henry Ertl, University of Michigan - Testing evolutionary change and conservation in a developmental transcription factor

11.  Robert Driver, East Carolina University - Functional characterization of olfactory receptors in the context of their radiation in birds

12.  Peri Bolton, East Carolina University - Relating Major Histocompatibility Complex diversity to Mycobacterial infection susceptibility in ex-situ conservation of an endangered duck.

Photo of white-winged duck courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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