Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

BEACON Researchers at Work: Solar and geomagnetic activity forecasting using evolved Markov networks: Darwin vs. space weather hazards

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Masoud Mirmomeni.  “Space Weather” hazards have achieved a great international scientific and public importance in recent years due to their catastrophic effects on modern technologies such as … Continue reading

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Using fitness landscapes to visualize evolution in action

BEACONites Bjørn Østman and Randy Olson created a video to visualize evolution in action using fitness landscapes. Read about it below! Fitness landscapes were invented by Sewall Wright in 1932. They map fitness, or reproductive success, of individual organisms as a function … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Holey Fitness Landscapes

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU postdoc Bjørn Østman, and is also posted on his research website. What do real fitness landscapes look like? Do they look more like the image on the left, a nearly-neutral holey … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Measuring natural selection in flowers

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Raffica La Rosa.  Novel traits differ qualitatively from the characters from which they arise, and are generally thought to be adaptive. I study adaptive novel traits by combining … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Mock Interviews are Nothing to Mock

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Emily Weigel.  As a result of my work as a former Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellow at Michigan State University, I was invited to participate … Continue reading

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