from my parents and their siblings!
(gosh my family is the coolest!!!!)
The manuscript I have been working so hard on for most of the year has finally been published!
My first publication, Mitochondrial Haplotype Diversity in Zambian Lions: Bridging a Gap in the Biogeography of an Iconic Species, was made live today, December 16th, 2015! I am now officially a published author!
The paper is about matrelineal gene flow and genetic diversity of lions in Zambia. We found that lions in Zambia have a high level of diversity but can be separated into two sub-populations with little to no matrelineal gene flow between the two. The separation could be historical but it more likely due to an expanse of cities and roads that inhibit modern day dispersal because, when put in context with the entire range of the African lion, Zambia acts as a bridge connecting Southern and Eastern lion populations. This is all based on analysis of mitochondrial genes and the discovery of 5 sets of DNA variations (haplotypes) thus far not seen anywhere else in Africa.
Here's my official citation:
Curry CJ, White PA, Derr JN (2015) Mitochondrial Haplotype Diversity in Zambian Lions: Bridging a Gap in the Biogeography of an Iconic Species. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0143827. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143827
I am currently working on a press release for this paper and I have already started writing my next publication, hopefully with two others soon to follow after that. My goal is that by the time I finish my PhD I will have at least 5 publications. Let the fun begin!
Happy International Cheetah Day! This year Cheetah Conservation Fund has created an International Cheetah Day website filled with banners for Facebook, profile pictures and fun activities. Just go to internationalcheetahday.org.
CCF has also offered up 10 suggestions for ways people can to celebrate International Cheetah Day:
This year I decided to do an on-line advent calendar! Check in each day and click on the square that has that day's date and you'll be provided with some holiday themed enjoyment!
Click on Advent Calendar on the navigation menu, click the link to the right or click on the picture below to be redirected to the advent calendar.
I am a biologist and my life is crap!