NESCent supports sabbatical scholars, post-doctoral fellows, working groups and catalysis meetings. The abstract from each proposal can be found by clicking on the project title.  For more information about when groups are meeting, see the Calendar.

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Catalysis Meeting
Amy Balanoff (Stony Brook University (Stony Brook,NY))
Daniel Ksepka (NESCent)
N. Adam Smith (NESCent)
2014 A Deeper Look into the Avian Brain: Using Modern Imaging to Unlock Ancient Endocasts
Elena Litchman (Michigan State University (East Lansing,MI))
Thomas Schmidt (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
2014 Evolution and community ecology of host-associated microbiota
Jon Shaw (Duke University)
David Weston (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Merritt Turetsky (University of Guelph)
2014 Scaling evolution from genomes to ecosystems in peatmosses (Sphagnum)
Cristine Legare (The University of Texas at Austin (Austin,TX))
Andrew Shtulman (Occidental College)
John Opfer (Ohio State University)
2014 Developing Best Practices for Teaching Evolution in the Social Sciences
Seth Bybee (Brigham Young University)
Maren Wellenreuther (Lund University)
Phill Watts (University of Liverpool)
2014 New resources for ancient organisms – enabling dragonfly genomics
Robert Lanfear (Australian National University)
Hanna Kokko (Australian National University)
Richard Lenski (Michigan State University)
2014 Realising the full potential of long-term evolution experiments 
Samantha Price (University of California-Davis)
Graham Slater (National Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institution)
Lars Schmitz (Keck Science Department, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges)
2013 Paleobiological and Phylogenetic Approaches to Macroevolution
Tracy Heath (University of California-Berkeley)
Bastien Boussau (University of Lyon)
Brian Moore (University of California, Davis)
Fredrik Ronquist (Swedish Museum of Natural History )
John Huelsenbeck (University of California, Berkeley)
Michael Landis (University of California, Berkeley)
Sebastian Hoehna (Stockholm University)
Tanja Stadler (ETH Zurich)
2013 NESCent Academy Course: Phylogenetic Analysis Using RevBayes
Graduate Fellow
Libby Liggins (The University of Queensland (AUSTRALIA)) 2014 Nestedness and turnover in the genetic diversity of marine species in the Indo-Pacific Ocean
Lomax Boyd (Duke Univeristy (Durham,NC))
Greg Wray (Duke University)
Mary Shenk (University of Missouri)
2014 Enhancing the synthesis of new evolutionary models of fertility using new media
Barbara H. Dobrin (University of Arizona (Tucson,AZ)) 2014 Tracing the Origins of an Endemic Flora, and Extending a Study of Divergence Dating Disparity
Kate Thomas (Duke University (Durham,NC)) 2014 Physical and ecological parameters driving the evolution of bioluminescence
Kara Walker (Duke University (Durham,NC))
Alexander Weiss (University of Edinburgh)
Anne Pusey (Duke University)
2014 Personality and Transfer Outcomes in Female Chimpanzees at Gombe National Park
David Zonana (University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder,CO)) 2014 How do sexual signals mediate social interactions?: social network theory and the evolution of dynamic signal traits by sexual selection
Alannie-Grace Grant (University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh,PA)) 2014 Do selfers have greater habitat diversity in their range than outcrossers?
Journalist in Residence
Robert Chaney (Missoulian newspaper) 2014 Wilderness at 50
Mark Moffett (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution) 2014 Human Identity and the Evolution of Societies
Suhail Yusuf (Dawn group of news paper) 2014 Paleostan - or - Fossilstan -- the untold story of fossils from Pakistan
Long-term Sabbatical
Alexander Weiss (The University of Edinburgh) 2013 The Personalities and Life Histories of the Gombe Chimpanzees
Susan Kalisz (University of Pittsburgh) 2013 Shedding new light on Baker’s Law through synthesis
Postdoctoral Fellow
Daniel Ksepka 2012 Large scale patterns of disparity between the fossil record and divergence dating analyses
Fabricia Nascimento 2012 The evolutionary dynamics of endogenous retroviruses
Jonathan Lombard 2012 Early membrane cellular functions: new insights from phylogenetic comparisons
Short-term Visitor
Rob Gysel (UC Davis (Davis,CA)) 2014 Why are Read-Overlap Graphs Computationally Tractable?
Jessica Kissinger (University of Georgia) 2014 Tools to Study the Evolution of Host-Pathogen Interactions
Frans Plooij (International Research-institute on Infant Studies) 2014 Translation of field notes for developmental study of chimpanzee vocal communication, Part 2: Adults
Emanuele Serrelli (University of Milano Bicocca) 2014 What is evolutionary synthesis? The NESCent experience
Yonas Tekle (Spelman College (Atlanta,GA)) 2014 In Search of the Molecular Signs of Sex in Amoebozoa
Triangle Scholar
Tyler Curtain (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) 2011 Darwin and Nietzsche: evolutionary thought within literary theory
Working Group
Michael Gavin (Colorado State University)
Fiona Jordan (University of Bristol)
Russell Gray (The University of Auckland)
Simon Greenhill (Australian National University)
2013 Explaining cultural diversity: A new evolutionary synthesis
Susan Kalisz (University of Pittsburgh)
April M Randle (Colorado State University)
Pierre-Olivier Cheptou (Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive)
2013 Linking self-fertilization, dispersal and distribution traits of species: Is Baker’s law an exception to the rule?
Cynthia Riginos (University of Queensland)
Eric Crandall (Southwest Fisheries Science Center (Santa Cruz,CA))
Rob Toonen (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)
2013 Advancing genetic diversity research in the Indian and Pacific Oceans
Mary Shenk (University of Missouri (Columbia,MO))
Daniel Hruschka (Arizona State University)
Rebecca Sear (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
2013 Integrating Evolutionary Models of Human Fertility Change
Pleuni Pennings (Stanford University (Stanford,CA))
Sarah Cobey (University of Chicago)
2013 Trends in the evolution of human viruses
Clint Kelly (Iowa State University (Ames,IA))
Michael Jennions (Australian National University)
2013 Advancing knowledge of evolutionary and ecological immunology