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As climate change and biological invasions continue to impact global biodiversity, scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder have recently published work that suggests that the way organisms move to new areas, or range expansion, can be impacted directly by evolutionary changes. Their work, published in Nature Communications, challenges the traditional theory that only demographics such as birth, death and migration determine range expansions. The researchers’ findings add evolutionary processes, which occur during the course of a range expansion, as determining factors.
-By Jason Kosovski
Watch a short video on the work on Dr. Jan Leach and her students about innovative research that is underway.
Every year, the CSU Alumni Association recognizes the most outstanding CSU teachers with the Best Teacher Awards. Teachers are nominated by students and alumni and are selected by a committee of faculty, students and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. For 7 years, Matt Camper has taught entomology in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. He serves as the director for the CSU Bug Zoo, the live arthropod collection used for Extension and outreach. Matt has broad research interests around pest insect species in Colorado, including insect pests of horticultural commodity crops. He assists with insect samples that are submitted by companies and individuals from around the United States and helps identify and create management plans for their pest problems. His work is expanding to urban entomology and the Cimex species (bedbugs and relatives) pest complex.
Not only is he one of the recipients of the Best Teacher Award for 2017, but he has received numerous awards including: The Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award from CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences; The Pi Beta Phi’s Professor/Teacher of the Month Award from Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women; and The International Education “Globie” Award from CSU’s Office of International Programs (two-time winner!).
For more information about the Best Teacher Awards, please visit the Alumni Association website.
Spring of 2017 brought with it rain, sunshine, pollen, and awards! The recipients of this years William M. Brown Professional Development Award were as follows:
Sarah will be heading to the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. This meeting combines professionals including scientists, educators, and students to improve horticultural practices including integrated pest management (IPM). She will be attending this conference to present a poster on some of her current research characterizing sorghum root exudation.
Raven will be heading to the USDA-ARS Natural Products Utilization Research station in Oxford, Mississippi. One of the primary missions of the research center is to develop pesticides with novel, naturally occurring modes of action. At the research center, part of her training will include high-throughput screening of her own kochia extracts for metabolites applicable to pest management.
Alyx will be heading to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Philippines. She will be taking a 3 week short course called “Rice: Research to Production” which gives students and young scientists of various backgrounds the opportunity to learn about all aspects of rice production and research.
Curtis will be heading to San Diego, CA in January to attend the Plant and Animal Genome Conference. While there he will be presenting a poster on his research related to mutations conferring herbicide resistance in wheat. He will also attending a specific section hosted by the International Wheat Genome Consortium to join conversations related to wheat genome sequencing and gene editing technologies.
Congratulations BSPM students!