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  • Simon gave a talk in October 2023 at an event called Bio on the Bayou where he described his current research aimed at connecting different levels of biological organization using machine learning.                                                                                                                                              
  • Mahaut has won the department's 2023 Dee Saunders Dundee graduate student award for ecology and evolution! Yay                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Fadeke successfully defended her Ph.D. (March 2023) and is now Dr. Adeola!
  • Jamie successfully defended her Ph.D. (September  2022) and is now Dr. Marks!
  • Gina Zwicky has successfully defended her Master's thesis (April 2022). Congratulations Gina!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Jamie has won the department's 2022 Dee Saunders Dundee graduate student award for ecology and evolution! Well done Jamie!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Fadeke has had her first paper on octopamine and house cricket performance accepted in Behavioral Ecology (March 2022), and her first dissertation paper accepted in Hormones and Behavior (April 2022).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Jamie has had her first dissertation manuscript published in Journal of Experimental Biology (July 2021).                                                                                            
  • David Weber has had his Master's work on the factors affecting spatial organization of male green anoles accepted in Ecology and Evolution (January 2021).                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Simon was interviewed by WWL TV about invasive brown anoles (July 2019).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Mahaut published her first paper on altitude effects on performance and physiology in Podarcis muralis (February 2019).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Simon has joined the editorial board of Ecology and Evolution as of January 2019.                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Annie, Fadeke, and Simon presented at the 2019 Tampa SICB meeting on work done in the lab on sexual conflict, trade-offs, and predicting performance with machine learning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Feats of Strength was reviewed in Current Biology!                                                                                                                                                               
  • Simon has written a book for general readership on whole-organism performance called Feats of Strength: How Evolution Shapes Animal Athletic Abilities to be published in May 2018 by Yale University Press (available for pre-order from YUP or Amazon)                                                                                                                                                     
  • Annie Cespedes defended her  dissertation on multivariate performance evolution in September 2017, and is now Dr. Cespedes!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Simon and Jerry Husak co-organized a symposium on the integrative life-history of whole-organism performance at the 2017 SICB meeting. You can read the papers arising from that symposium in Integrative and Comparative Biology.                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Jessica Edwards successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation (July 2017). Congratulations Dr. Ed!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Alex's snake phylogeny was among the top 1% of papers downloaded from PLoS One in 2016.                                                                                                         
  • As of 2017, Simon holds the Virginia Kock/Audubon Nature Institute Endowed Chair in Species Preservation.
  • Congratulations to David Weber on successfully defending his Masters (October 2016), and moving on to a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland!
  • Congratulations to Alex Figueroa, who successfully defended his Ph.D. (June 2016) and had his large snake phylogeny accepted for publication in PLoS One!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Simon and Jerry Husak's Quarterly Review paper on the life-history of whole organism performance (cunningly titled "The Life-History of Whole Organism Performance") was highlighted by ScienceDaily
  • Simon is a (very occasional) contributor to the Anole Annals lizard research blog. His latest post is here.                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Long-time undergraduate researcher Stephen Gipson will be joining Matt Hall's research group at Monash University, Melbourne, as a Ph.D. student in 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Catie Policastro successfully defended her Master's thesis (December 2013). Well done, Catie!                                                                                                      
  • Ed's second dissertation chapter on aggressive female lizards was just accepted by Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (July 2013)!
  • New Scientist's Zoologger devoted some blog space to a new paper by Simon and collaborators on aggressive Croatian lizards.
  • Congratulations to Ed and Alex for passing their general exams and advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.
  • Simon penned a guest blog post/rant for www.robbrooks.net on why antibacterial household products are pointless and potentially dangerous.
  • Ph.D. student Alex Figueroa was awarded an NSF EAPSI award to get attacked by venomous snakes in southeast Asia this summer (2011)! Congratulations Alex, and nice knowing you!
  • The lab was recently featured in a story by the New Orleans Times-Picayune on the interaction between native Anolis carolinensis and invasive Anolis sagrei here in the city. Read the article here and check out the research page for more on the lizard wars!
  • A study on dishonest signalling in fiddler crabs by Lailvaux and collaborators at the Australian National University received some attention from the local Australian and international media, including stories in ScienceNow, Science Daily, National Geographic, the Loom, the Age, and many others.

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