A research project aimed at studying deep sea shark populations has received funding from the university Committee on Faculty Research Support through the Council on Research and Creativity. COFRS awarded research funding to Professor Peter Beerli for $14,000.
Beerli’s proposal, Simulating Deep Sea Shark Populations: Explorations to improve population genetic inference from genomic data, will generate new software tools and provide simulation data to examine patterns of genetic variation caused by population processes. Beerli plans to collaborate with Charleston College professor Gavin Naylor.
In the summer, Ph.D. student Detelina Stoyanova received an intriguing email message from the Division of Undergraduate Studies. “The message said there were undergraduate students available to help with a research project, and I’m collaborating on some research that is in the data collection stage. The timing was perfect.” Stoyanova wrote a description of her project and the work the students would do, then posted it on the site. After the application period closed, she selected two of the three students she interviewed to collect data for her research.
Grad students Feifei Xu, Qinguang Quan, and Ryan Learn interned this summer at research laboratories, both abroad and at home in the U.S. Each student spent eight to ten weeks working with a professor/mentor on one or more research projects. The internships provided an ideal opportunity for the students to match analytical skills and computer aptitude to a select research environment.
Associate professor and computational hydrologist Ming Ye is a 2014 recipient of the university’s Developing Scholar Award, an honor bestowed on mid-career, associate professor level faculty to support their research programs. Ye was selected as a Developing Scholar by the university’s Council on Research & Creativity, the Vice President for Research, and the President.