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Phylogeny of the Tachinidae World Tour, Part 1: South Africa

One of the major pursuits in the Stireman lab right now is to assemble and analyze a phylogeny of Tachinidae of the world. If you know what tachinid flies are (i.e., awesomely diverse parasitoid flies, again I refer you to … Continue reading

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Carnivores and carotenoids…a new paper by Jeremy Heath

PhD student Jeremy Heath had something additional to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. His manuscript entitled “Carnivores and carotenoids are associated with adaptive¬† behavioural divergence in a radiation of gall midges” was just officially published (online) in the journal Ecological … Continue reading

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Enemy mine

Bob Kula and colleagues (Oscar Dix-Luna and Scott Shaw) recently published a revision of the braconid genus Ilatha. These are relatively large, often brightly colored braconid wasps found exclusively in the New World tropics. They are certainly attractive wasps, but … Continue reading

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Beth Stayrook receives award

Beth Stayrook, undergraduate research assistant extraordinare in the Stireman lab, was recently awarded a $1500 scholarship award from the Women in Science Giving Circle at Wright State University. Beth is a seriously smart, dual major in Biology and Chemistry. Way … Continue reading

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Tachinid flies and the final frontier…

Forest canopies are often referred to as one of the “final frontiers” of biodiversity exploration. We know astonishingly little about what organisms and ecological interactions occur in forest canopies, primarily due to the difficulty in sampling and studying them. In … Continue reading

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Paper on adaptive radiation in gall midges published in Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Stireman, collaborator Patrick Abbot, and Lab technician Hilary Devlin have just published a paper analyzing the extraordinary radiation of Asteromyia carbonifera gall midges on their Solidago¬†hosts across North America. We show that this nominal species is actually comprised of a … Continue reading

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Stireman attends the International Congress of Entomology in South Korea

For a first real report from the Stireman lab, I thought I might say a few words about my recent trip to South Korea to attend the XXIV International Congress of Entomology. This meeting, my first ICE actually, was held … Continue reading

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New lab page (in progress)

This is the *New* web page for the Stireman lab in Biological Sciences at Wright State University. I though perhaps the blog format might encourage more frequent updates, as my old lab web page has not been updated for a … Continue reading

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