Announcing the 2024 Evolutionary, Ecological, and Conservation Genomics (EECG) Research Award Recipients

2024 AGA Award Outcomes

Ecological, Evolutionary, 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.

57 students and post-docs applied for funding this year, and 11 received funding (Table 1), one of whom* received the Robert K. Wayne Conservation Scholarship and Research Award. This special EECG award was established in memory of Robert Wayne to support graduate students whose research directly benefits a threatened species.

 

Awardees can expect letters of congratulation with more specific information and banking details request soon.

 

Table 1.  Recipients of the 2024 Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genomics Research Awards.

 

1

Madeleine

Becker

Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

United States

Controlling for time: disentangling evolutionary and conservation genomics questions using ‘time series museomics’ in the California Channel Island deer mouse

2

Laura

Cespedes Arias

The University of Chicago

United States

The genetic underpinnings of partial reproductive isolation in a warbler hybrid zone

3

Daniel

Estévez Barcia

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources

Greenland

GRINFISH: (Genomics of Reindhartius hippoglossoides on Inshore Fisheries)

4

Jacob

Fredette-Roman

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

Characterizing the mechanisms of mutation rate evolution in diploid and haploid S. cerevisiae

5

Benjamin

Karin

University of California Berkeley

United States

Using ontogenetic and seasonal color change to unlock the genetic basis of vibrant red and blue coloration in a California lizard

6

Zachary

Muscavitch

University Of Connecticut

United States

Unveiling the Mysteries of Fog Lichens: Phylogenomic Insights into the Phenotypic Diversity of a Niche-Specific Radiation

7

Henry

North

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Leveraging evolutionary genomics to infer the past and forecast the future spread of an invasive agricultural pest

8

Elizabeth

Sheldon

Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus

United Kingdom

Epigenetic and dietary diversity in Alaskan coastal wolves: Harnessing DNA methylation to help delineate conservation units in North American wolves.

9

Gabrielle

Welsh

University of Denver

United States

Genomic architecture of convergent novel signals in the Pacific field cricket

10

Michael

Yuan

California Academy of Sciences

United States

Microgeographic adaptation and landscape connectivity in two anoles from the small, environmentally heterogeneous island of St. Martin

11

Cameron

So*

McGill University

Canada

Testing the conservation value of range-edge populations: local adaptation, genetic load, and inbreeding in wild lupine

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