Congratulations to Dan for winning a 2022-23 Scripps Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his outstanding effort last year for our Parasitology lecture/lab class. He was instrumental for running and enhancing that class!
Today, Anai successfully defended her PhD dissertation that involves great, novel work documenting patterns of parasitism throughout entire host-species ranges. Congratulations! Anai is aiming to keep working in the San Diego area, so we might be fortunate enough to keep seeing and working with her.
Yesterday, Dan successfully defended his thesis, which breaks major new ground concerning colony structure and dynamics of trematode with soldiers. And, today, he’s off in his car to drive to University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There, he’s building on part of his thesis for a postdoc in Clay Cressler’s lab. Congratulations Dan! [Yes, he will be sorely missed!]
Congratulations Alex for being one of the two recipients of the best presentation award! She presented the part of her MS work dealing with species descriptions, redescriptions, and experimental life cycle work of four species of philophthalmid trematodes. [Yes, we’re currently working on submitting that and other papers from her MS; and she’s currently doing her Phd at N. Carolina State with Skylar Hopkins.]
Anaí, Dan, and Ryan (and Alexandria as a bonus) fly to College Station, Texas for the first in-person American Society of Parasitologists meeting since before the pandemic. Anaí and Dan gave talks on their thesis work. Alexandria came in from North Carolina State to present part of her previous Masters work. The meeting was a success, conversations where great, and it was good to be back “in the flesh.”