Our latest paper estimates the timing of the opening of the "ice free corridor" in the North American midcontinent using ancient bison DNA. And is featured on the cover of this month's PNAS:
Time to celebrate! Wishing those leaving good luck with their next advanture, and welcoming everyone joining for the new academic year.
(Ed is, atypically, outside on the phone.)
We're back from our 20-day adventire in Dawson City and cruising the Dempster Highway. Look out for the announcement of our new Arctic Field Experience course for undergradautes here at UCSC!
DECEMBER 2014: A Celebration of Avian Genomics!
After years (!) of hard work, today we celebrate the public release of a large compendium of manuscripts focusing on the generation and analysis of more than 50 complete bird genomes, not to mention a few retilian genomes.
Many of the papers (includng Ed's alligator genome paper) were published in a special edition of Science, the cover of which is below. Kudos to Erich Jarvis, Tom Gilbert and Guojie Zhang for leading this huge collaborative effort!
A full list of the papers associated with this consortium can be found here:
And let's not fail to mention some of the press coverage for our alligators, such as these nice articles from UC Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Sentinal, and the Telegraph.
JUNE 2014: Welcome summer REU students!
We'd like to welcome two REU students who will be joining us this summmer: Amy Ortega, from Chapman Univeristy, who will be working with Pete on the modern plants from St Paul, Pribilof Islands, and Carlos Fernando Buen AbadNajar, from UNAM, Mexico, who will be working with Sam and Brendan on top secrete projects (Shhh!).
FEBRUARY 10 2014: Floating gourds
Our recent work about the domestication of bottle gourds (Led by former PhD student Logan Kistler) has been published in PNAS's early edition. We show that bottle gourds floated across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa, and were later domesticated at multiple, independend locations. Read all about it in Science and in Carl ZImmer's blog, The Loom!
NOVEMBER 15 2013: Dogs were domesticated in Europe!
Our work with Bob Wayne at UCLAinvestigating the timing and location of dog domestication was published today in Science. And Carl Zimmer writes about it in his science column at the New York TImes!
JUNE 2013: Wow -- That's an old genome!
A 700,000 year-old horse bone found in the klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory (our favorite research site) has produced the compete genome sequence of an ancietn horse! The story, published in the hournal Nature is the culmination of a major international collaboration led by Ludovic Orlando at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark. PGL members Mathias Stiller, James Cahill, and Beth Shapiro were involved with data production and analysis -- in particular of several complete mitochondrial genomes from other ancient horses. Check out the the paper and some of the press coverage.
JUNE 2013: We bought a MiSeq
And it makes us happy.
MAY 10 2013: Ed Green to speak at CARTA
Ed presented the latest research about Neandertals at the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropolgy in San Diego, CA.
March 15 2013: Beth Shapiro and Ben Novak to speak at TEDxDe-Extinction
The event, held at Natioanal Geographic Society in Washington DC attracted hundreds of interested folks, including policy makers and conservation biologists on both sides of the "should we bring 'em back?" fence. You can check out Beth's talk about bringing back ancient genomes and Ben's talk abou thte plan to resurrect the Passenger Pigeon on The Long Now Foundation's website. Follow the debate on Twitter using #deextinction
MARCH 2013: Congrats to PhD student James Cahill, first author of our super cool (at least we think so) publication about hybridization between brown bears and polar bears on Alaska's ABC Islands.
It turns out that this population of brown bears *used* to be a population of polar bears. These polar bears were gradually been converted into brown bears by generations of backcrossing, as male brown bears colonized the islands from the Alaskan mainland after the last Ice Age. A shout out to our collaborators Flora Jay and Monty Slatkin, for their modeling prowess and helping us to solve the mystery of the differences between D-statistics on the X chromosome and the autosomes, which turned out to be the most important piece of this puzzle. Check out the UCSC press release and some of the press coverage here.
JANUARY 2013: Two new postdocs join the lab!
We welcome Dan Chang, a recent grad from Tom Duda's lab at the University of Michigan, and Pete Heintzman, who joins us after finishing his PhD in Ian Branes' group at Royal Hollowau University of London
NOVEMBER 2012: Liana Lareau joins the lab Liana Lareau joins us from Pat Brown's lab at Stanford. She'll be working on alligators, among other projects. Welcome!
MAY 2012: First Occupants in the Biomed Building
The UCSC Paleogenomics lab moves into the brand new Biomedical Sciences Building on the UCSC main campus. It's lonely in here, but we're loving it so far. Mathias Stiller is still seeking the most appropriate permanent home for the coffee machine.
JANUARY 2012: We're moving to UC Santa Cruz
The Shapiro Lab is packing up shop to move to California!
MAY 2011: Ed Green is named Searle Scholar for 2011
Ed was selected by the Kinship Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust as one of 15 Searle Scholars for 2011. See all the current Searle Scholars here.
OCTOBER 2010: Beth Shapiro is named Packard Fellow for 2010
Beth was selected by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as one of the 2010 Packard Fellows. See Packard Fellows here.
JULY 2010: We're off to the Klondike!
Beth Shapiro, Mathias Stiller and Jana Morehouse have left the booming metropolis of State College, PA for the goldfields of the Yukon in search of bones. Follow our adventures @bonesandbugs on Twitter! You can also find us at #bonequest10. Check out our video stream on YouTube.
JUNE 2010: Beth Shapiro is selected as a 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Beth and 13 others were chosen by National Geographic Society as Emerging Explorers for 2010. For more details, visit the Emerging Explores website
JUNE 2010: Kristine Korzow-Richter receives a Space Grant Fellowship
Kristine was awarded a Graduate Researh Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium!
MAY 2009: Beth Shapiro is named Searle Scholar for 2009
Beth was selected by the Kinship Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust as one of 15 Searle Scholars for 2009. See all the current Searle Scholars here.