The Lynch Lab celebrated the new academic year, and the addition of Noah Strycker and Michael Wethington to the lab, with the 6th annual Lynch Lab mini golf invitational. With returning champion Casey Youngflesh having graduated, the title went back to (Lynch’s husband) Matt Eisaman.
Congratulations to Dr. Casey Youngflesh, Dr. Catherine Foley, and Dr. Maureen Lynch, who graduated with their Ph.D.s from the Department of Ecology & Evolution a few weeks ago. All of them did an outstanding job with their dissertations and are now busy bees in their new jobs. We will miss you guys!
Congratulations to former high school lab member Reid Biondo, who is heading to the University of Virginia this fall.
Heather Lynch and Casey Youngflesh, along with collaborator Mike Polito from LSU, reported on their latest research in a “Penguins! From Space” press conference at AGU.
Lab member Casey Youngflesh has a photo featured as a part of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment’s new ‘Ecopics’ series. This series features wildlife photos that describe some interesting natural phenomenon. Casey found this Adélie penguin buried by snow near Joinville Island on the Antarctic Peninsula. Increased snow and rain may have negative consequences for penguin populations, as neither eggs nor young chicks can accommodate being wet!
Lynch Lab members Casey Youngflesh and Catherine Foley (in addition to some folks at TACC) kicked off this year’s POLAR 2018 conference by teaching a 2-day Software Carpentry/High Performance Computing workshop. The workshop was made possible by an NSF Research Coordination Grant, which endeavors to develop better cyberinfrastructure resources for complex analyses conducted by polar scientists. Thanks to everyone for attending! All workshop materials can be found here.
Lab graduate student Casey Youngflesh was awarded the American Ornithological Society Presentation Prize for his presentation at the World Seabird Twitter Conference 4. The conference challenged participants to communicate their research in four tweets, using anything from hashtags to gifs. Check out all the conference presentations (including Michael Schrimpf’s) on twitter using the #WSTC4 hashtag. Follow Casey on twitter @caseyyoungflesh
Last week undergraduate researchers Iftikar Ahmed, Sara Vincent, and Abigail Higgins presented at the Stony Brook University URECA undergraduate research symposium. Some great research on display on a variety of topics!
MCMCvis, created by lab PhD candidate Casey Youngflesh is now peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Open Source Software! JOSS is journal that focuses exclusively on scientific software. While I think most would agree that giving software developers credit for their work is important, I think the practice of citing R packages (at least in ecology) is relatively rare. I (Casey) myself am guilty of this, to be sure. Cite the R packages/other software you use – publications and citations of those pubs are the currency of academia!