Greetings evo/devo-tees! Many thanks to those of you who attended the second annual meeting of the Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (DEDB) in Chicago. For those of you who missed it, we co-sponsored two symposia, "Starting with Fins: Parallelism in the Evolution of Limbs and Genitalia" organized by Eduardo Rosa-Molinar and Annie Burke and a second, "The "Lesser-known" Protostome Taxa: Evolution, Development and Ecology" organized by Jim Garey. Both symposia were well attended and provided stimulating discussion. Kudos go to all the organizers and all speakers.
As always, there was also a "best student contributed paper" competition. Although there were a number of outstanding talks, the judges this year determined that there was a first place tie between two outstanding presentations. The first was by B.J.Davidson, W. Moody, and B. Swalla entitled, "Tunicate out of body experiences: extra-somatic cell migration and other insights and observations on urochordate metamorphosis" given by B.J. Davidson. The co-winner was, Greg Davis for his paper along with C.A., Jaramillo, and N.H., Patel, entitled, "Pax group III genes and the evolution of insect pair-rule patterning. Congratulations to the winners!
Next year's meeting is in Aneheim, CA. Unfortunately, our proposal to enter a float in the Rose Bowl parade was nixed by the Rose Bowl Committee (apparently, there was some confusion about the meaning of "the first cleavage stage"), but we are still co-sponsoring three symposia focussed on the Cambrian Explosion, the evolution of metazoan complexity, and the interface between ecology and development ("Eco-Devo"). Stay tuned for more details on the next meeting.
It is time to begin planning exciting new symposia for the meeting is in Toronto in 2003. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to talk about future possibilities. Remember to tell your students and colleagues about the Society and our new Division. Dues are actually going down AGAIN so this is a good time to join and don't forget to keep sending your papers to Evolution and Development (Blackwell Science), a new journal sponsored by SICB. Aloha!
Spring Election of New DEDB Officers
At the SICB meeting in Chicago, nominations were held for two DEDB officer positions that are up for election this year. Eduardo Rosa-Molinar and Terri Williams were nominated for the Program Officer, and Tricia Crotwell, Brad Davidson, and Marcus Davis were nominated for the Student/Postdoc Representative. A short sketch for each of these excellent candidates follows.
Input for the Webpage
To reiterate Gunter's point, this is your division and input in needed. The divisional webpage is currently under revision. If you have specific ideas or comments on how the page could be improved or made more useful, please write me (email@example.com
Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology Election
Candidates for DEDB Program Officer
(2 candidates: Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, Terri Williama)
: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico
: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Natural Sciences; B.S., 1994
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Medical Sciences Ph.D., 1997
Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska. Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology, 1997-1999
: August, 1999-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico;
July, 1997-July, 1999: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience, Department of
Biomedical Sciences, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska;
December, 1994-June, 1997 Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Neuroscience, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
: Symposium Organizer (2001), Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (DEDB)
: Society for Developmental Biology, Spanish Society of Developmental Biology, The Linnean Society of London (Fellow), Society for Neuroscience, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, International Society for Neuroethology, The International Society for Optical Engineering, Microscopy Society of America, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, American Association of the Advancement of Science
: Major evolutionary changes in the patterning and development of the vertebrate axial and appendicular skeleton and nervous system; vertebrate organismal evolution (especially in atherinomorph teleost fishes)
: My primary objective during my tenure as DEDB program officer would be to recruit, work with, and encourage developmental and evolutionary biologists including plant biologists to develop proposals, symposia, and obtain funding to bring together investigators with the intent to begin discussions about "big picture questions" in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-Devo) as well as the latest most appropriate tools and theories in evolutionary and developmental biology as well as plant biology
Research Scientist, Yale University
B.S. Zoology, 1982, Duke University;
Ph.D. Zoology, 1990, University of Washington
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Zoology, University of Texas; NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Anatomy, University of Vienna, Austria; Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Biochemistry, Autonoma University, Madrid, Spain; Pew Teacher/ Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago and Biology Dept., Macalester College.
1998 participant in Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives on Major Transformations in Body Organization symposium; 1993 participant in Evolutionary Morphology of Marine Invertebrates and Juveniles symposium.
Development and evolution of limb morphology in crustaceans; modularity of the arthropod body plan.
SICB has long provided refuge against the extreme specialization of present-day research by bringing together biologists whose interests are broad. As such it is an ideal venue for the interdisciplinary Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology. As Program Officer, I would try to further the integrated perspective at the heart of DEDB by trying to showcase the many different areas of expertise that contribute to the emerging field of evolutionary developmental biology.
Candidates for DEDB Student/Postdoc Representative
(3 candidates - Tricia Crotwell, Brad Davidson, Marcus Davis)
Ph.D. student, Department of Biology, University of South Dakota, Advisor: Dr. Paula Mabee.
Ph.D. expected 2003, University of South Dakota;
M.S. 1997, Texas A&M University;
B.S. 1991. Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Professional Experience and Other Activities:
Nelson Endowment Graduate Research Assistantship (2000-2001); Teaching Assistantship, 1999-2000, University of South Dakota; Biology Instructor (Adjunct), Sam Houston State University, TX, 1998-1999; Biology Instructor (Adjunct), Tomball College, TX, 1998-1999; Quality Control Specialist, American Seafoods, WA, 1997; Marine Fisheries Observer, Northwest Observers, OR, 1996-1997; Teaching/Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, 1992-1996.
Member since 1999; Student volunteer, SICB, Chicago.
Society of Systematic Biologists.
Origin and evolution of genetic mechanisms underlying joint formation and skeletal segmentation in vertebrates; modularity, development, and evolution of the median fins of fishes; anterior/posterior patterning of the fish skeleton.
I propose to continue the work begun by P. Hernandez, our Division's first Graduate Student/Post Doc. Representative, by focusing on student recruitment into the Society as a whole, and maintaining communication with our close "sister" divisions, DDCB, DEE, and DSEB, among others. A particular interest of mine is student support. SICB provides very generous student support at a number of levels, and I would work to diversify that support from within our Division. Even small awards, such as book certificates, poster awards, or research stipends, can make an enormous difference in student confidence. Finally, the many Divisions within SICB provide a forum for researchers with very diverse interests to discuss and exchange ideas. I believe that student representation and involvement in such exchanges will strengthen not only the Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, but also the Society as a whole.
Graduate Student, Department of Zoology, University of Washington
1995 - 2002? Ph.D. Program, University of Washington; 1991 B.A. in Biology, Swarthmore College
Professional Experience and Other Activities:
2000 -2001 NSF PRIME Fellowship (Partnerships for Research in Inquiry-based math, science, and engineering),1996- 2000 National Research Service Award predoctoral traineeship (NIH), 1998 Company of Biologists Travel Fellowship for research conducted at the Station Biologique, Roscoff, France, 1998, Huckabay Fellowship for Development of Innovative Curriculum, 2000 Instructor: Marine Diversity and Conservation, UW Bothell, 2000 TA: Comparative Invertebrate Embryology Lab, UW Friday Harbor Labs, 1998 Co-Lecturer for "Animal Diversity" course at Univ. of Washington, 1996 -1999 TA, University of Washington,1991-1992 High School Biology Teacher, Storm King School, Storm King, NY.
2001 SICB Meeting, DEDB Best Student Paper Award
For my thesis work, I am exploring urochordate metamorphosis. Urochordates occupy a critical evolutionary position as non-vertebrate chordates. Therefore the study of urochordate metamorphosis may provide insights into the origins of both chordates and vertebrates. I am employing a number of molecular techniques to gain further insight into urochordate metamorphic signaling. I have carried out a series of subtractive hybridizations aimed at probing the expression of genes immediately prior to and after metamorphosis. This has led to the isolation of a number of interesting transcripts which match identified genes such as Notch, Complement Factor B, Cornichon, Coronin and alpha-NAC. These genes have well described roles in cell signaling, the immune response, and transcriptional activity. By characterizing the expression and function of these genes in urochordate metamorphosis we are beginning to gain valuable insight into the role of these genes in urochordates as well as the evolution of developmental pathways within the chordates.
My goal as graduate student/post-doc representative of the DEDB division would be to maximizing our exploitation of the resources and opportunities available through SICB. I believe that our membership in this division could be more fully utilized to provide a forum for sharing information on research, job opportunities, teaching techniques etcÉ I would work to tap this resource by establishing means by which members can easily communicate with each other both during the meetings and during the rest of the year. I think it would be particularly valuable to have this type of communication available in the month or two before the annual meeting so that students and post-docs could coordinate gatherings and other informal events in advance. I would also work to gather and implement other ideas from students and post-docs on how to improve our experiences as SICB members.
Ph. D. student, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
1997 early graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania before transferring to the University of Chicago in 2000; 1996 B.S. Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Professional Experience and Other Activities:
University of Pennsylvania, Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Instructor (Introductory Biology, Evolutionary Biology, and Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy), 1997-2000, Graduate Admissions Committee, Student Representative. University of Pennsylvania, 1999-2000; Public Lecturer, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta. 1995-1997; Regional and University President, Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994-1995.
Current thesis research (The evolution of skeletal
development in vertebrate paired appendages), Department of Organismal
Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago; 1996 Research Assistant (Aquatic
ecology of coral reef ecosystems), Department of Biology, Georgia Institute
of Technology; 1994 Research Assistant (Phase Coupling in Non-linear
Electrical Oscillators), Department of Physics, Georgia Institute of
Technology; Vertebrate paleontology field work in Pennsylvania (1997-2001),
Arctic Greenland (1998), and Nunavut (1999-2000).
The evolution of skeletal development in vertebrate
paired appendages; sarcopterygian evolution and systematics; archosaur
evolution and systematics; developmental mechanisms of skeletogenesis.
Evo-Devo is an inherently synthetic discipline, bringing together
bodies of research, and researchers, that have classically remained
independent. More so than in established fields, the direction that
Evo-Devo will take is in the hands of future researchers. My primary
objective during my tenure as Graduate Student/Postdoc representative would
be to foster communication between disciplines AND between
students/postdocs, professors, and institutions. Would you like to have a
better sense of who is doing what? What are the "big picture" questions in
the field? Where are the research opportunities? Together we can build