The Lindroth lab is happy to welcome two new researchers to the lab from Switzerland, Mike Eisenring and Noreen Giezendanner.
Here they are, already hard at work in the lab:
Noreen received a Bachelor’s degree from the Applied University of North-Western Switzerland. During her thesis she studied the anti-inflammatory potential of saffron corm extracts on human keratinocytes. In order to satisfy her interest in phytochemical assays and to get some more hands-on experience in laboratory work, Noreen conducts a variety of phytochemical and molecular biology analyses in the Lindroth lab. Noreen loves surfing the mountains and sushi.
Mike received a Ph.D. in Agroecology and Entomology from University of Bern, Switzerland in collaboration with Agroscope, the Swiss Federal Agricultural Research Institute. His dissertation focused on the impact of inherent and genetically engineered plant defense mechanisms for plant-herbivore interactions in cotton. In his post-doctoral work Mike studies the potential implications of polyploidy for trembling aspen affected by drought stress and herbivory. In his spare time Mike is interested in fishing, bugs and basketball.
Welcome to Madison Mike and Noreen!
Graduate students Amy Flansburg (MS) and Hilary Barker (PhD) both successfully defended their theses this past spring. We congratulate them on their impressive accomplishments as graduate students and wish them the best in their future endeavors. Amy and Hilary, you will be missed!
Amy’s thesis is entitled “Trembling aspen triploid advantage has a physiological basis with geographic caveats.” She is now working as a biologist at Stantec Consulting, Inc. using herscientific expertise to help create more sustainable infrastructure and facilities projects.
Hilary’s dissertation is entitled “Linking plant genetics and environment to associated insect species and community composition”. She is currently working as a Senior Research Analyst helping to create insight from data to inform education practices and decisions in the Wisconsin Technical College System
The Lindroth lab is excited to have not one, but two undergraduate fellowship proposals awarded for this upcoming academic year. Tommy Matoska and Sam Jaeger, have been awarded the Sophomore Research Fellowship and the Holstrom Environmental Scholarship respectively.
Tommy, a sophomore, is majoring in biology with certificates in Environmental Studies and Global Health. He will be working with Jenn Riehl (a postdoc fellow) on a project entitled: Uncovering the genetic architecture of chemical defense in Populus.
Sam, a senior, is majoring in environmental sciences. He will be working with Clay Morrow (graduate student) on a project entitled: A Test of Plant Allocation Theory: Implications for Plantation Forest Production.
Congratulations to both Sam and Tommy!
Our own Olivia Cope has been awarded second place in a graduate student paper presentation competition (Plant-Insect Interactions section) at the North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Madison, Wisconsin this week.
Her paper entitled “Clonal ramets of trembling aspen do not coordinate defense induction” shows that while clonal ramets of trembling aspen may share resources through vascular connections in their roots, they do not appear to coordinate defense induction through these connections.
Ned Rubert-Nason has successfully published the results from his Aspen Freeze Study in Plant, Cell and Environment. The study showed that vernal freeze damage to aspen alters phytochemistry and plant-insect interactions (indicated by faster reproduction of aphids on trees with prior damage).
These results suggest that even a single damaging vernal freeze event can have long term consequences for plant-insect interactions through effects on plant growth and chemistry. Additionally, variable responses among genotypes suggests that increases in the frequency of vernal freeze events, like those predicted to occur in temperate regions, could influence natural selection.
Much research has focused on immediate effects of climate change consequences for forest tree health, so this study helps fill a gap concerning cascading effects on trees and their associated communities as a result of a changing climate.
Our own Amy Flansburg has been selected as the recipient of the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department’s George Kress Award for Outstanding Contribution of a Forestry Graduate Student (and she receives $1000!). The award is given to a graduate student who has gone above and beyond contributing to the department’s mission “to provide science-based research, instruction, and extension that supports forest management in an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable fashion”. Amy took on the sole responsibility of teaching Forest Ecology last fall and has been an advocate for undergraduate students in the department.
Michael Falk, a recently graduated master’s student, won first place in the student 10 minute paper competition (General Ecology section) at the Entomological Society of America Meeting in November 2017. His paper was entitled, “Genetic variation in aspen (Populus tremuloides) phytochemical patterns structure windows of opportunity for gypsy moth larvae.”
Dr. Richard Lindroth was elected as a Fellow into the Entomological Society of America this past August. This honor reflects his outstanding contributions to entomology in research. You can read more about it on the ESA website and on the CALS website.
Our own Hilary Barker submitted an up close photo of stinkbug eggs to the 6th Annual (2016) UW-Madison Cool Science Image Contest and was selected as one of 12 winners out of 93 submissions. Recently, her artwork and the story behind it was showcased in a short video entitled, “Forward Motion: The Art of Science” that will also be aired on the Big Ten Network as a TV story called “Art of Science” on a date yet to be determined.
Congratulations to Hilary!
Jennifer Riehl has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship through the National Institute of Food and agriculture (NIFA). She will be researching the genetic architecture of growth and defense traits in aspen using a combination of genomic and transcriptomic data.
WisAsp Association Mapping Garden June 2016