News

April 2014:              The NY Daily News article on our NYC Student Ancestry Project 

April 2014:              Welcome to the lab Cécile Gracianne (visiting PhD student from University of Rennes, France)

March 2014:               Welcome Tyler Joseph  to the lab! Tyler is an undergraduate majoring in mathematics (and has a degree in music).

February 2014:           Our NYC Student Ancestry Project finally launched!  We thank everyone who helped and especially the folks at the AMNH and the National Geographic Genographic Project for joining us for this public program. Some press about the cheek swabbing event that involved roughly 200 students from 7 NYC area colleges can be found here, here and here.

December 2013:            After a great year in the lab, John Rrrr Robinson has moved on to a permanent position as a Research Scientist at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (Population Genetics Division).  We will all miss him and wish him well! John will be running his own research lab focusing on the the population genetics of freshwater fishes and invertebrates of the North American Southeast. Look out for his papers in the near future (2 now in review) and what an outstanding going away feast we gave him.

Going away party for John Rrrr Robinson (now a Research Scientist at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Population Genetics Division). The Hicker-lab yet again getting stuffed in the east village.

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October 2013:                 Two new papers by Terry Demos – “Uncovering cryptic diversity and refugial persistence among small mammal lineages across the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot” (in press; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution) and “Integrative taxonomy of the Hylomyscus denniae and H. anselli groups (Rodentia: Muridae) and description of a new species from western Kenya” (Journal of Mammalogy; in press).

September 2013:          The Carnaval, McDonald, Michelangeli, Thomas and Hickerson labs are awarded a 5 year NSF/NASA Dimension of Biodiversity (DoB) grant: “Dimensions US-BIOTA-São Paulo: A multidisciplinary framework for biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic forest hotspot.”   Led by Ana Carnaval, the American project team of five PI’s (from CCNY and the New York Botanical Garden) will be collaborating with the FAPESP-funded Brazilian project team of three PI’s led by Cristina Miyaki. The Brazilian team includes Miyaki,  Pinto-da-Rocha, and Cruz, all from the University of São Paulo.

August 2013      Welcome Diego Alvarado Serrano to the lab! Diego received his PhD from the U. of Michigan with Lacey Knowles and is now a postdoctoral researcher

June 2013:         Hickerlab attends SSMPG 2013 workshop (Software and Statistical Methods for Population Genetics) in Aussois, France

May 2013:          New paper by JT Boehm – “Marine dispersal and barriers drive Atlantic seahorse diversification” (Journal of Biogeography;  in press)

April 2013:         Welcome Ana Christina Fazza to the lab! As part of Ana’s PhD from the Universidade de São Paulo (with Cristina Miyaki), she will spend a year with us to develop historical demographic models for the Atlantic forest avian assemblage of Brazil

March 2013:       Hickerson lab is awarded NSF’s CAREER grant DEB 1253710: “Dynamic models of isolation and admixture for community-scale population genomic inference

February 2013:    New paper by John Robinson – “Approximate Bayesian estimation of extinction rate in the Finnish Daphnia magna metapopulation” (Molecular Ecology)

December 2012: Welcome John Robinson to the lab! John R received his PhD from the U. of Georgia with John Wares and is now a postdoctoral researcher