We have just begun the new academic year and we are already getting orientation meetings together for the next set of incoming students.
This is a short presentation on the progress for the VDOT eDNA project.
This semester, I’ll be leading a graduate course in applied ecological statistics. Should be a lot of fun getting a group of people up to speed on the benefits of being an R guru!
You’re about to be told one more time that you’re America’s most valuable natural resource. Have you seen what they do to valuable, natural resources? Have you seen a strip mine? Have you seen a clear-cut in a forest? Have you seen a polluted river? Don’t ever let them call you a valuable natural resource! They’re gonna strip mine your soul! They’re gonna clear-cut your best thoughts for the sake of profit, unless you learn to resist, ‘cause the profit system follows the path of least resistance, and following the path of least resistance is what makes the river crooked!
This semester has a ton of new content and opportunities in the Dyerlab. Here is a quick synopsis.
- Teaching Population Genetics, should be a ton of fun.
- Teaching the Distributed graduate seminar Landscape Genetics again.
- Starting a new eDNA project with VDOT and getting a new student associated with it.
- Starting a new RadSEQ project on Protonotary Warblers and getting a new student to start in the fall.
- Starting a new Landscape Genetics NSF-funded project on gypsy moths with the Johnson Lab. Need a technician for this one as well.
- The text Applied Population Genetics should be released as an ebook.
- Should be finishing up both Jameson’s and Chitra’s theses and submitting them for publication.
- Moving into a new laboratory location and perhaps collapsing both our lab and the Verrelli lab into a single unit.
It looks like I will be moving into the position of Assistant Director for the Center for Environmental Studies this year! Should be fun!
This past week, VCU lost a champion of multidisciplinary research, Dr. Thomas Huff, Vice Provost of Life Sciences. Tom was an unwavering advocate of interdisciplinary interactions and a continuous supporter of Biology. He leaves lasting impressions on VCU, Life Sciences, and the Department of Biology.