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New tachinid fly discovered by Jane Dell

EECB student discovers new genus of flies


EECB student Jane Dell recently described a new species of tachinid fly that she discovered during her disseration research. This new species is unusual enough to be placed into its own new genus.

Harrison featured on the cover of American Journal of Botany

EECB student wins DDIG and has research showcased


Congrats to Josh Harrison for winning a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant

Check out Josh's highlighted work from his recent publication in the American Journal of Botany

Bilateral gynandromorph Melissa blue butterfly

EECB Research featured in Nat. Geographic


Josh Jahner, a recent EECB graduate, has studied an unusual phenomenon called gynandromorphy. This is when an organism is part male and part female–like the butterfly shown here. His work was just featured in National Geographic magazine (link). Congrats Josh!

Mountain chickadee

EECB student Carrie Branch featured at Data Nuggets


Carrie Branch recently shared her research on Mountain Chickadee behavior with Data Nuggets, a website dedicated to science education. Her work was featured by the website as a great example of how scientists can share their research with students.

Picture of eppendorf tubes

EECB students recognized for research


EECB students were recognized for their research at the UNR Graduate School Poster Symposium. Su'ad Yoon and Sarah Barga won first, and second place, respectively for their presentations. Additionally, Jessica Reimche was awarded a research grant from the UNR Graduate School. Congratulations to Jessica, Sarah, and Su'ad!


Leonard Lab is in the news again!


Check out Anne Leonard and Jacob Francis on NPR discussing buzz-pollinated plants and their research on this unique evolutionary strategy.

Angela Hornsby

EECB student and professor win prestigious awards


Congratulations to Angela Hornsby for being named the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents' 2015 Graduate Scholar and to Prof. Jim Sedinger for recieving the UNR Graduate Academic Advisor Award!

Nadya and Carmen

Students recognized at the International Congress of Entomology


Congratulations to Nadya Muchoney and Carmen Mo who won first and second place in the Graduate Student Poster Presentation competition at the International Congress of Entomology. Both students research the ecological consequences of the insect immune response.


Hornsby awarded Shadle Fellowship


Congrats to EECB student Angela Hornsby (Matocq lab), who was awarded the 2016 Shadle Fellowship from the American Society of Mammalogists for her research, outreach, and curatorial work in the UNR Museum of Natural History.

Snake Range

Planning underway for new UNR field station


Congrats to Dr. Franco Biondi and colleagues, who have been funded by NSF to develop a new Spring Valley Field Station as part of the Nevada Climate-Ecohydrological Assessment Network (NevCAN).  This is an extraordinary opportunity for UNR faculty and students to pursue intensive research on the biotic and abiotic effects of climate change in the Great Basin.


EECB professor recognized for excellence in research


Congrats to Dr. Vladimir Pravosudov who was recently awarded the 2016 Mousel Feltner Award for Excellence in Research by the UNR College of Science. Vladimir studies animal behaviour and behavioural ecology with an emphasis on cognition and works with chickadees, one of the most charismatic members of the local fauna.

Anne Espeset

Espeset featured in New & Review


EECB student Anne Espeset (Forister lab) was featured in the latest issue of Reno News & Review.  Part of the Pieris Project, Anne's work gets a worldwide network of citizen scientists involved in research on contemporary evolution in a widespread butterfly species.

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