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Overdue congratulations to last year's award winners

Despite the 2019-2020 academic year being disrupted by the Covid pandemic, students in the Biology Department were still hard at work, studying, doing research, and just getting the job done. Last April we did not have our normal awards ceremony. Nonetheless, Dr. Shannon Weigum put together this awesome slideshow-video. Check it out.  Also, announcement of this year's award winners is right around the corner, be on the lookout. (Posted 3-24-2021)

Faculty Member elected as Fellow to American Society of Microbiologists

Dr. Robert McLean, Professor in the Department of Biology

Dr. Robert McLean was recently elected a Fellow of the American Society of Microbiologists. According to the society, "Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.". For his scholarly success, Bob credits former and present students, research collaborators at Texas State and elsewhere, former professors and teachers, friends, and family. Congrats to Bob for this well-deserved honor! (Posted 2-28-2021)

Faculty member receives NSF funding for salamander study

Dr. Dana Garcia
Dr. Dana Garcia, Professor in the Department of Biology

Dr. Dana Garcia has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a study titled "Developmental and Genetic Pathways to Phenotypic Convergence in a Radiation of Groundwater Salamanders". The project will be a collaboration between Dr. Garcia and Dr. David Hillis and Dr. Tom McDevitt at the University of Texas. The study focuses on species in the genus Eurycea, a group of salamanders that live in local springs and creeks in central Texas. Some species even live within the interstitial spaces of the limestone substrate. (Posted 8-28-2020)

And the winner is ...

Dr. Caitlin Gabor
Dr. Caitlin Gabor, Professor in the Department of Biology

A belated congratulations to Dr. Caitlin Gabor for winning the 2020 Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award! The university officially recognized Dr. Gabor's contributions to mentoring students back in May. This year also marks the completion of Caitlin's 20th year at Texas State. Congratulations to her on a job well done over the years. (Posted 8-27-2020)

Faculty member recently honored with inclusion of paper in a set of classics

Paleoecology book

Foundations of Paleoecology, Classic Papers with Commentaries (University of Chicago Press, 2019) has now been published. Similar to other anthologies published by UCP, this set for Paleoecology includes papers that have had a lasting impact on the field. Our very own faculty member Dr. Gary Upchurch authored one of these classic papers. Quoting from the book, “The paper by Wolfe and Upchurch served as a model for how to study vegetation and terrestrial ecosystems across important boundary events in the history of life. ... and it changed the conversation from being focused solely on taxonomic changes to a focus on ecological changes in vegetational communities across major events in the geological past.” Having a paper accepted for a book such as this is quite the academic accomplishment. Congratulations to Gary and his co-author for their contribution to the historical development of Paleoecology and for being so honored in this new book. (Posted 2-3-2020)