A successful trip to the field

Members of the Cheviron lab just got back from a very successful trip to Mt Evans, Colorado, to sample deer mice physiology at 14,200 feet above sea level! We caught plenty of mice, and saw pika, mountain goats, big horn sheep, and marmots everywhere. We even saw a coyote along the road at around 12,000 feet elevation! Once we analyze the data we collected, we will have a better idea of how specific DNA mutations, which we hypothesize are under selection, may affect how mice use oxygen at high altitude. This work is a collaborative effort with Graham Scott and Grant McClelland who are both faculty at McMaster University in Canada.

 

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At the summit (L to R): Trey, Jon, Zac, and myself

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Our high-altitude laboratory

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One of the many marmots we saw sunning itself on the rock.

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A juvenile deer mouse.

 

 

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I’m moving to Montana!

I am thrilled to announce that I was awarded a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to join the lab of Dr. Zac Cheviron at the University of Montana. Starting in May, I will be working on adaptation to high altitude and evolution of metabolic pathways in deer mice, and in my free time, enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Missoula!