Great news all around!

Just back from the AOU/COS Meeting in Norman, OK. Lots of great talks including Carling lab members Doug Eddy and Shawn Billerman. Shawn’s talk was even awarded a AOU Council Award as one of the best student presentations at the conference. This is the second year in a row that Shawn has won a presentation award!!
Also, former MS student Jacob Saucier’s manuscript on phylogeography of the Plain Wren species complex just came out in The Auk! Check out our Publications page for the link.

New pub!

Former Carling lab Masters student, Matt Jones, just had another paper accepted!

Jones, MR*, ZA Cheviron, and MD Carling. Variation in positively selected major histocompatibility complex class I loci in Rufous-collared Sparrows (Zonotrichia capensis). Immunogenetics- in press.

New Publications!

A couple of new publications from the lab:

Tabak, MA, S Poncet, K Passfield, MD Carling and C Martinez del Rio. The relationship between distance and genetic similarity among invasive rat populations in the Falkland Islands. Conservation Genetics

Cheviron, ZA, C Natarajan, J Projecto-Garcia, DK Eddy, J Jones, MD Carling, CC Witt, H Moriyama, RE Weber, A Fago, and JF Storz. Integrating evolutionary and functional analyses to test hypotheses about molecular adaptation: A case study of altitudinal differentiation in hemoglobin function in an Andean sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis. Molecular Biology and Evolution

Berry Graduate Fellowships

Berry Graduate Student Fellowships are intended for outstanding students interested in pursuing a MS or PhD with an emphasis in ecology, evolution, and/or conservation. Applicants must have a faculty advisor from the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Students currently in a graduate program at UW are ineligible. The initial fellowship period is one year, renewable for up to a total of three years contingent on performance. Starting date is August 2014.

Berry Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $24,000 and a research fund of $5,000 per year. They will be eligible for UW benefits.

Application procedure
The applicant must first contact a faculty member in the Department of Zoology and Physiology to arrange sponsorship. Once an advisor is arranged, the applicant needs to submit, in a single PDF file: a cover letter including the name of their faculty sponsor, a two-page research interest and goals statement, a CV, and GRE scores. Separately, applicants need to ensure that three letters of recommendation and a letter of support from their faculty sponsor are received by the Committee. All materials should be sent to the Berry Fellowship Committee by 10 January 2014. You will also need to apply to the Graduate Program in the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Refer to the following URL for applying: