Evolution 2013 Conference
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Gregory C. Mayer and UW-Parkside alumni Sher Hendrickson and Ashley J.R. Carter, both former students of Mayer's, represented UW-Parkside at this year's Evolution 2013 meeting in Snowbird, Utah.
Dr. Hendrickson ('94, biological sciences; M.S. '95, applied molecular biology) is assistant professor of biology at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., a position she took up this year after 10 years as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Frederick, Md.
After completing her master's thesis on genetic variation in tigers, she studied Andean condors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her doctoral dissertation. At the meeting she presented a paper on genetic adaptations to high altitude in feral Andean horses, finding that some of the same genes are involved in horses as in the adaptation of humans to high altitude in Tibet.
Dr. Carter ('96, biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics), is assistant professor of biological sciences at California State University-Long Beach. After completing his triple major, he received his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Yale University. At the meeting he presented a paper on sexual selection in humans and, along with his student Shanna Newton who also attended the meeting, a poster on sexual selection in fruit flies.
Evolution 2013 is the joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and the American Society of Naturalists at the Snowbird Alpine Village. This meeting is the premier annual opportunity for sharing scientific research related to evolution. Symposia presentations, concurrent contributed papers, and poster sessions are presented by the 1,400 participants.