UC Davis doctoral candidate Lacie Newton
One of many scores of arachnologists you may see on the “Eight-Legged Encounters” open home on Saturday, June 25 on the Bohart Museum of Entomology will likely be doctoral candidate Lacie Newton, an incredible younger scientist who simply delivered her exit seminar on “Evolution and Speciation within the Trapdoor Spider Genus Aptostichus” in Briggs Corridor.
Newton, a first-generation faculty pupil, research with Professor Jason Bond, affiliate dean, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Evert and Marion Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics, UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology.
Her dissertation focuses on species delimitation in two trapdoor spider teams, Antrodiaetus unicolor complicated and Aptostichus icenoglei sister species complicated, and analysis of interspecific relationships inside the genus Aptostichus. She coated two chapters of her dissertation in her exit seminar.
What sparked her curiosity in spiders? “I truly was once frightened of spiders,” Lacie acknowledged. “It wasn’t till fall semester of my sophomore yr after I took a zoology course that I started to understand not solely the huge quantity of range inside spiders but additionally how superb they’re as a gaggle, such because the tensile power of spider silk being corresponding to metal, spider venoms taking part in a task in potential medical purposes, and a myriad of feeding methods, and many others..”
Born and raised in Eupora, Miss., Lacie obtained her bachelor of science diploma in organic sciences from Millsaps School in 2016 after which enrolled within the graduate faculty program at Auburn College, Alabama, finding out with Professor Bond. When he accepted the Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics in 2018, Lacie, together with different lab members, transferred to UC Davis.
Her analysis on folding-door spiders or the Antrodiaetus unicolor species complicated led to a journal article revealed in Molecular Ecology: “Integrative Species Delimitation Reveals Cryptic Variety within the Southern Appalachian Antrodiaetus unicolor (Araneae: Antrodiaetidae) Species Advanced.” UC Davis co-authors are Professor Bond, who’s the Evert and Marion Schlinger Endowed Chair in Insect Systematics, and venture scientist James Starrett of the Bond lab.
Newton is energetic in each the American Arachnological Society (AAS) and the Society of Systematic Biologists. She gained a second-place award for her oral presentation on species delimitation on the 2019 AAS assembly, held at Washington and Lee College, Lexington, Va.
At UC Davis, Newton served as a instructing assistant for the “Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life” course. Her resume additionally contains:
- mentoring undergraduate college students within the Mentoring Program, Fairness in Science, Know-how, Engineering, Math, and Entrepreneurship (ESTEME) group, a graduate pupil group devoted to bettering fairness and inclusion in STEM fields, entrepreneurship, and management positions.
- volunteering on the admissions committee for GOALS, the Ladies’ Outside Journey in Management and Science, a summer season science program for highschool college students to study science hands-on whereas backpacking by the wilderness.
Professor and affiliate dean Jason Bond
Bohart Open Home. The Eight-Legged Encounters open home will formally kick off the weeklong AAS convention at UC Davis. The open home is about from 1 to 4 p.m., June 25 on the Bohart Museum of Entomology, positioned in Room 1124 of the Tutorial Surge Constructing on Crocker Lane.
A “powerhouse” of arachnologists will take part on the open home and convention, stated convention chair Bond. Internet hosting the convention with him are Lisa Chamberland, postdoctoral analysis affiliate, Division of Entomology and Nematology, and Joel Ledford, assistant professor of instructing, Division of Plant Biology, School of Organic Sciences.
Professor Eileen Hebets of the College of Organic Sciences, College of Nebraska, Lincoln, is co-hosting the open home as a part of a U.S. Nationwide Science Basis grant, “Eight-Legged Encounters” that she developed as an outreach venture to attach arachnologists with communities, particularly youth.
Some 20 reveals and actions will line the hallway of the Tutorial Surge Constructing, stated Tabatha Yang, the Bohart Museum’s schooling and outreach coordinator. “There will likely be everything–spider specimens, dwell arachnids, actions, art work, and many others.,” Bond associated.
UC Davis distinguished professor Lynn Kimsey directs the Bohart Museum, residence of eight million insect specimens, a dwell “petting zoo” (suppose Madagascar hissing cockroaches, stick bugs, and tarantulas) and a present store stocked with insect-themed treasures, from t-shirts to books to jewellery.
One other spotlight of the AAS convention will likely be a collection of public lectures, aimed for each novices and specialists alike, on Tuesday, June 28, from 7:30 to 9, within the newly constructed 600-seat lecture corridor, positioned within the campus core. The occasion is free and open to the general public.