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Ph.D. student opportunity: ecology, evolution, and systematics of tachinid flies

I am currently seeking a Ph.D. student to join my laboratory studying the evolution and ecology of parasitoid flies. While the specific focus of the dissertation research is negotiable, the research assistantship will require contributing to a collaborative, NSF/Brazil(FAPESP) funded … Continue reading

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Master Karen Pedersen

Congratulations are in order! WSU master’s student Karen Pedersen has successfully defended her thesis research on: LIMITATIONS OF HOST PLANT USE IN TWO ANDEAN ALTINOTE (NYMPHALIDAE, HELICONIINAE, ACRAEINI), BUTTERFLIES, FROM A TRITROPHIC PERSPECTIVE. In this research project, Karen tried to … Continue reading

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Ghosts of the cloud forest – 11 new species of Erythromelana (Tachinidae)

Although MS student Diego Inclan successfully defended his thesis more than two years ago, the focus of his research was published this year: Inclan, D.J. & Stireman, J. O. III. 2013. Revision of the genus Erythromelana Townsend, 1918 (Diptera: Tachinidae) … Continue reading

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Yard insects

Just a few recent photos from my yard (click for larger images)

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It’s not just what’s in the field, it’s what’s around it

I have taken a long hiatus from posting any news or other items on here (for no particularly good reason) and I thought I might try to do some catching up on news from the lab. In the next several … Continue reading

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Pivotal Pervasive Pigments: Carotenoids in insect ecology

Carotenoids are nearly ubiquitous organic compounds involved in all sorts of important functions across all major groups of organisms. They play key roles in photosynthesis in plants, they function as antioxidants, and they provide many of the bright yellow, orange, … Continue reading

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Ecuador Expedition 2012

I (Stireman) recently returned from a trip to Ecuador. The primary reasons for the trip were 1. To collect tachinid flies for systematic and biodiversity research, and 2. To get graduate student, Karen Pedersen, set up for her studies on … Continue reading

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