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California Botanical Society Grad Symposium
April 07, 2019

We've just returned from the 2019 Graduate Student Symposium of the California Botanical Society, held at California State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), where Natalie Love and Kris Peach delivered super-engaging talks about their dissertation research. 

Kris Peach reported the results just published in the American Journal of Botany:

Peach, K., and S. J. Mazer. 2019. Heteranthery in Clarkia: pollen performance of dimorphic anthers contradicts expectations. American Journal of Botany 106(4): 1–6.

April 07, 2019

Check out Kris' investigation of the functional significance of the anther dimorphism exhibited by Clarkia unguiculata, in which she experimentally tested for a long-predicted difference in pollen performance between the vestigial short stamens and the relatively robust long stamens produced by this (and many other) species of Clarkia.

August 22, 2018

Six undergraduates in the Mazer lab received prestigious awards from UCSB's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities program to support their independent research during the 2018-2019 academic year.  The titles of their projects are:

Ivana Gomez: The effects of long-term vs. recent climatic conditions on the timing of flowering in Nemophila menziesii using electronic records and physical herbarium specimens

Kristen Klitgaard
August 08, 2018

Receiving a 2018 CCS Summer Undergraduate Fellowship enabled Kristen Klitgaard, a third-year CCS Biologist, to dedicate her summer to UC Santa Barbara's Mazer lab. Kristen is one of 36 students who earned 2018 CCS Summer Undergraduate Fellowships. Completely supported by donors, each recipient is currently working in one of UCSB's top labs or creating creative works of art.

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Kris Peach
August 08, 2018

Kristen Peach was awarded joint grants from UCSB's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and from Giga Science to attend a summer 2018 workshop in Front Royal, Virginia.  The 10-day workshop (August 19-30), "Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics", will cover methods, interpretation, and applications of molecular genetic analyses for the conservation of endangered species.  Congratulations, Kris!

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Eugenio Larios
July 15, 2018

Dr. Larios (PhD, University of Arizona) has been awarded a UC MEXUS postdoctoral fellowship to investigate selection on seed mass in Dithyrea californica in the Mazer lab.  His research project is titled: Evolution in a heterogeneous environment: direct and cross-generational environmental effects on seed size, plant fitness, and natural selection on seed size

Jasen Liu
July 14, 2018

Jasen Liu, a fourth-year undergraduate Biologist in the College of Creative Studies (CCS), has been selected as a 2018 Goldwater Scholar. The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prominent national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics, recognizes students in their second or third year who have the potential to become leaders in research within their field.  He has been working in my lab since his freshman year, and is a co-author on a paper recently published in Evolution (Mazer et al., 2018). Read more about Jasen at:  https://www.ccs.ucsb.edu/news/2018/jasen-liu-third-year-ccs-biologist-named-goldwater-scholar

Susan Mazer
August 08, 2017

Botanist Susan Mazer receives the Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Dr. Mazer's research as a botanist and evolutionary plant ecologist has furthered the conservation of some of the rarest plant species in California and has influenced the design of habitat restoration efforts.

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