NEWS & AWARDS

2018

Our paper on eye and antenna evolution in fireflies is coming out and we made the cover!                             Publication date January 17, 2018:

Kathrin F. Stanger-Hall, Sarah E. Sander Lower, **Lauri Lindberg, **Andrew Hopkins, **Jenna Pallansch and David W. Hall (2018). The evolution of sexual signal modes and associated sensor morphology in fireflies (Lampyridae, Coleoptera). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Proc. R. Soc.B 20172384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2384

** undergraduate student researchers


Allison McCabe was awarded a Research Assistantship from CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) at UGA for her research during Spring 2018 on the phylogenetic relationships of European fireflies.

 

2017

IMG_0634.jpg Final Lab meeting of 2017


Sarah's paper on genome size evolution is out:

Lower, S.S., Johnston, J.S., Stanger-Hall, K.F., Hjelmen, C.E., Hanrahan, S.J.,  **Korunes, K., Hall, D.W. (2017). Genome size in North American Fireflies: Substantial variation likely driven by neutral processes. Genome Biology and Evolution (in press). Early access: https://academic.oup.com/gbe/article/doi/10.1093/gbe/evx097/3852526/Geno... 


Our lab and collaborators had a strong showing at the International Firefly Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan April 23-27, 2017

Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2017). The evolution of sexual signal modes and associated sensor morphology in fireflies.

Lower, S.E., Stanger-Hall, K.F., Hall, D.W. (2017). Genetic variation within Photinus pyralis reveals positive selection on luciferase, but not opsins. International Firefly Symposium Taipei, Taiwan.

Martin, G.J., Silveira, L., Hall, D.W., Li, X., Branham, M., Stanger-Hall, K.F., Bybee, S.M. (2017). Anchored hybrid enrichment analysis of Lampyrid phylogeny. International Firefly Symposium Taipei, Taiwan.

Bybee, S.B., Martin, G.J., Stanger-Hall, K.F., Branham, M.A., Fallon, T.R., Sanders, S.E., Silveira, L. (2017). Firefly Genomics: why it matters. International Firefly Symposium Taipei, Taiwan.


Funding: The lab was awarded a collaborative NSF grant to generate a worldwide phylogeny of fireflies to address evolutionary questions in collboration with the Bybee Lab at Brigham Young University and the Branham Lab at the University of Florida.


Just published on Genbank: Mitochondrial genome assembly of the firefly Photinus pyralis. Genbank KY778696.


UGA Health Center meeting: Andrea presented her research findings at a meeting of UGA faculty teaching sex education classes organized by the UGA Health Center.


Strong showing at the CURO Research Symposium: Garrett, Pearl and Brandon presented posters and Andrea gave an oral presentation at the 2017 Symposium.

Shah, P., Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2017). Characterizing the species distributions of North American Pyractomena fireflies. CURO Symposium, Athens, GA.

Volino, J.G., Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2017). A phylogenetic analysis of Pyractomena fireflies. CURO Symposium, Athens, GA.

Davis, B., Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2017). The biogeography of North American Photinus fireflies. CURO Symposium, Athens, GA.

Morrison, A.L., Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2017). Pregnancy planning and prevention. CURO Symposium, Athens, GA.


Congratulations to Pearl, Brandon and Andrea:

Pearl Shah was awarded a Research Assistantship from CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) at UGA for her research during Spring 2017 on the biogeography of Pyractomena fireflies.

Brandon Davis was awarded a Research Assistantship from CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) at UGA for her research during Spring 2017 on the biogeography of Photinus fireflies.

Andrea Morrison was awarded a Research Assistantship from CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) at UGA for her research during Spring 2017 on Sexual Health Knowledge related to pregnancy planning and prevention among UGA undergraduate students.

 

2016

Congratulation to Garrett: Garrett Vollino was awarded a Research Assistantship from CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) at UGA for his research during Fall 2016 on characterizing the signaling environment of fireflies.


Our paper on light color evolution just came out:

Hall, D. W., *Sander, S.E., **Pallansch, J.C. , Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2016). The evolution of adult light emission color in North American fireflies. Evolution, 70: 2033-2048. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13002. 

This article was featured by the Journal of Experimental Biology in OUTSIDE JEB. Outside JEB is a monthly feature that reports the most exciting developments in experimental biology. Articles that have been selected and written by a team of active research scientists highlight the papers that JEB readers can’t afford to miss. 


Evolution Society, Austin, TX, June 17-21: Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2016). The evolution of sexual signal mode and associated sensor morphology in fireflies. 

 

2015

My paper with Jim is out:

Stanger-Hall, K.F. and Lloyd, J.E. (2015). Flash signal evolution in Photinus fireflies: Character displacement and signal exploitation in a visual communication system. Evolution 69(3): 666-682. 


Yoonsun Jang presented her research on learning with case studies at SABER:

Jang, Y., Cohen, A., Stanger-Hall, K.F. (2015 ): Learning Biological Processes with Animated Case Studies. SABER (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research), Minneapolis MN, July 30-Aug 2, 2015.


Kathrin had a great visit to Clemson and gave a seminar on Flash signal evolution in fireflies: Clemson University, February 9.


Shannon's paper is out:

Sung, S., Shen, J., Stanger-Hall, K.F., Wiegert, C., Li, W., Brown, S., Robertson, T. (2015).   Toward Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Using Osmotic Pressure as an Example for Analyzing Textbook Explanations. J. College Science Teaching, 44(4): 76-87.

 

2014

 IMG_0841.jpg  Sarah, Katherine and Megan at the Evolution Meeting 2014 in Raleigh, NC.


International Firefly Symposium Gainesville, FL August 11-15, 2014: Kathrin gave a talk on Signal evolution in Photinus fireflies. 


Julianne's paper is out:

Stanger-Hall, K.F., Wenner, J. (2014). Self-reported religious conflict and learning of Evolution. The American Biology Teacher 76 (2): 101-108.