Mike now a postdoc with Dr. Sarah Tishkoff at UPenn!

We are all so excited for Mike as he moves on to a postdoc position with Dr. Sarah Tishkoff at the University of Pennsylvania! Mike’s new position started July 2. He will be working with Dr. Tishkoff’s group on human evolutionary genomics. What a fantastic opportunity! We can’t wait to hear more about what he learns and the projects he works on.¬†Congratulations and best wishes, Mike!

Introducing Dr. McQuillan!

We are all very proud of Mike, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Monday, April 16! Mike’s dissertation is entitled Ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of hybridization in chickadees.¬†He has done some really exciting research, and we look forward to great things yet to come from Dr. McQuillan. Way to go, Mike!

Celebratory champagne with the new Dr. McQuillan. (Photo credit: Maria Brace)

Mike and three members of his dissertation committee. L to R: Murray Itzkowitz, Amber Rice, Mike McQuillan, Greg Lang. Committee member not pictured: Dr. Michael Braun, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. (Photo credit: Maria Brace)

Congratulatory decorations from a Rice Lab undergraduate. (Photo credit: Maria Brace)

Mike wins “best talk” awards

A belated congratulations to Mike for receiving the Best Graduate Student Talk award at the 2017 Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Symposium at DeSales University…AND for receiving 3rd Best Graduate Student Talk at the Evolution in Philadelphia Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, both in April.

Congratulations to Joe, Olivia, and Ryan!

Today at Lehigh’s 149th Commencement, Rice Lab seniors Joe Skibbens and Olivia Mobarakai graduated from Lehigh. Joe earned a BA in Biology and a BA in International Relations, and Olivia earned a BS in Biology. They are moving on to employment and graduate study. We are also saying goodbye to Ryan Herbert, BS ’16, who spent his Presidential Scholar year in the lab, and will be starting a Ph.D. program at Princeton University in the fall. We are very proud of all of you, and will miss you!