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Adaptive radiation from the top down

Finally, the last paper stemming from Jeremy Heath’s PhD research has been published in The American Naturalist! This is a super-cool paper illustrating the importance of natural enemies (parasitoids in this case) in driving the adaptive diversification in their gall … Continue reading

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Mini-review of the “other” parasitoids

Stireman (me) was recently invited to write a mini-review of the community ecology of non-hymenopteran parasitoids for the journal Current Opinion in Insect Science. This was a difficult task as the review was supposed to focus on recent (last 5 … Continue reading

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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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