Author Archives: Danielle Whittaker

About Danielle Whittaker

Danielle J. Whittaker, Ph.D. Managing Director of BEACON

BEACON Researchers at Work: Same behavior, same genes?

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin research associate Rebecca Young.  From an early age I spent my time outside – chasing lizards, riding horses, and begging to go to a zoo. … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Long-Term Ecological Research Sites as Evolutionary Experiments

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU faculty member Jen Lau.  1988 was a good year. MSU won the Rose Bowl; Miami Vice, 21 Jump Street, and Family Ties were still on prime-time, and I was … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolutionary Optimization and the Open Source Community

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Brian Goldman. I teach computers to be better at guess, check, and revise. At least, that is the short version of my research. More precisely, I develop optimization algorithms … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: How the chicken crossed the sea

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Eben Gering. Biotic invasions (the Disney version) Some ecologists have likened invasive species to the army of enchanted brooms in Disney’s Fantasia. In the movie, Mickey Mouse portrays … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The KBS GK-12 program: Graduate training in science communication through K-12 classroom engagement

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Sarah Bodbyl. It is 6 AM on a Wednesday. Graduate student Di Liang is preparing to head in to the lab to collect data on a set of … Continue reading

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