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PhD Position in Evolution and Development of Electric Organs

Many studies have elucidated the genetic and developmental processes underlying major vertebrate traits (fins, limbs, etc) in extant lineages. Most of these traits have evolved only once, limiting insights into the degree of constraint and repeatability of the evolutionary processes.

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PhD Position in Genomics of Animal Communication

The relative contribution of divergent natural selection and sexual selection on communication signals in the evolution of reproductive isolation is a central question in biology. Progress is limited by poor knowledge of how divergent communication signals originate at the genetic,

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Nicole Thompson Joins The Lab!

Nicole Thompson (MSU Zoology, Class of 2015) has joined the lab. Welcome Nicole!

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Welcome to Sophia, Justin, and Sarah!

We are excited to have three wonderful undergraduates working with us this summer– Sophia Sdao, Justin Rucinski, and Sarah Sam.  We will be working together on developing much needed software programs and data analysis procedures for our many exciting projects.  Stay

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Dr. Gallant on the Mid-Michigan Pet Expert Talk Show

  Dr. Gallant was the guest for the Mid-Michigan Pet Show on Saturday April 19th!  We had a long conversation about the Gallant lab’s research on electric fish, as well as the genetics behind Glofish.  Click “play” below to listen

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Dr. Gallant lectures at the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit

Dr. Gallant will be talking about his research on Electric Fish genomics at the Belle Isle Aquarium this weekend– feel free to stop in!  For more information please see: http://belleisleconservancy.org/ai1ec_event/science-saturday-electric-fish-era-genome-sequencing/?instance_id=759

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Hatching and eye development

As another day ticks by, we see that the larva has developed still further, hatching from its chorion. The eyes are now dark and pigmented and can be clearly made out along with the ears.  The dark mass in the

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Getting Ready to Hatch!

Here we go! The eggs have developed another day, and now the body parts are in full definition. Viewing under the microscope, you can see blood pumping through the circulatory system in vivid detail, as well as lots of movement

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Early Electric Fish Development

It’s starting! We’ve got another batch of fertilized eggs, now here at the lab instead of our satellite facility– they are developing more comfortably at highly controlled temperatures in our new incubator. You can see one of our new eggs

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Brienomyrus brachyistius spawning

Monica and I have been hard at work getting Brienomyrus brachyistius to breed again in the lab– we’ve been having great success with getting them spawning!  Over the past month, we’ve had hundreds of eggs.  Here is a video of

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