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
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
Benjamin Morris (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) 2013 GeoPhy: integrating geography and phylogenies to support marine biodiversity research.
Christopher Torres (University of North Carolina-Wilmington (Wilmington,NC)) 2013 Synthesizing phylogenetic, eco-morphological and fossil data to predict evolutionary rates among flamingos (Phoenicopteridae)
Raunaq Malhotra (Pennsylvania State University (University Park,PA))
Mary Poss (Pennsylvania State University (University Park,PA))
2013 Methods for reconstructing viral haplotypes and their phylogenies based on DNA sequencing data
Journalist in Residence
Lynn L Fellman (Fellman Studio Inc.) 2013 I am a Multi. An iBook about human genetic ancestry.
Carrie Arnold (Freelance writer (Williamsburg, VA)) 2013 Our Microbial Minds: How Microbes Make Us Human
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
Rachel Adams (University of California-Berkeley) 2014 Meta-Analysis of Microbial Datasets from Built Environments
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