What does it take to get an herbivorous fly from a yeast-feeding ancestor? A new paper led by Ben Goldman-Huertas tackles this question by testing how host-finding behavior and sensory capacities differ between the herbivorous Scaptomyza flava and microbe-feeding relatives. This work, a collaboration with John Hildebrand's lab, was published earlier this week in PNAS. Also see UANews coverage of the paper here. Please also see a Commentary on this paper from Bill Hansson's group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology here.
Whiteman lab members and sabbatical visitor Patrick O'Grady recently published an opinion piece in Frontiers in Microbiology exploring the role that microbes (bacteria and yeast) may have had on the evolution of the Hawaiian Drosophilidae.
Postdoc Paul Nabity departed for Pullman, Washington this week. He'll start his own lab at Washington State University in the Spring. Best of luck Paul, we'll see you soon.
PERT Postdoc Rick Lapoint and family left us this week, bound for Bethesda, MD. Best of luck at the NCBI Sequence Read Archive!
Good luck to PhD Student Parris Humphrey, who will spend the next 6 weeks at the École Normale Supérieure in - yes - Paris, France. Learn lots, we'll see you soon.
Sarah will begin her studies next year at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. We'll miss you!
Congratulations to postdoc Rick Lapoint on accepting a job as a Sequence Read Archive (SRA) curator at the National Center for Biotechnology Information!
The new Whiteman Lab website goes live today - check back soon for more updates.