Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

Studying the Evolution of Division of Labor with Digital Organisms

This post is by MSU Postdoc Heather Goldsby. Why do you have different types of cells in your body? Why do honeybees perform different roles, including forager, undertaker, nurse, and queen? Why do factory workers perform jobs as specific as … Continue reading

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Evolution’s Pet Cemeteries: museum collections are haunted by ghosts of natural selection

This post is by MSU Postdoc Eben Gering. Several of my most exciting workdays last year were spent rummaging through drawers of dead birds. I was on the hunt for a few dozen of the 640,000 specimens that makeup the … Continue reading

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Introducing BEACON’s New Science Outreach and Communication Postdocs

This post is by MSU postdoc Travis Hagey. Late in 2015 BEACON advertised for an Evolution Outreach and Education postdoctoral fellowship. As a result of that posting, we would like to introduce three new postdocs, Dr. Wendy Smythe, Dr. Travis … Continue reading

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Receiving Advice, Exercising, Tweeting, Chairing & Networking at Conferences

This post is by UT Austin graduate student Rayna Harris. Also posted on Medium. This blog post is based upon my experience at the 2016 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting. These are my thoughts about what works best … Continue reading

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Avida-ED for classroom research

This post is by MSU postdoc Mike Wiser. Reposted from the DevoLab blog. Laboratory components are often integral parts of both K-12 and college science courses. I certainly had a lot over the course of my science education; 5 courses … Continue reading

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