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Funded by the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments. Scholars can study any groups of organisms, at levels from genes to populations to communities to ecosystems, and can use any combination of approaches. The award competition is conducted annually. The form and timing of competitions may change in subsequent years.

Learn more about the Scholars Program here.

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PRISCILA ALBUQUERQUE DE MOURA

Priscila Moura is a biologist particularly interested in integrating behavioral ecology and neurosciences to help understand the spatial dynamics of neotropical butterflies. She conducted her doctoral research at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, where she used a combination of field and laboratory experiments to study various aspects of spatial memory in Heliconius butterflies. As a Stengl-Wyer Scholar, Priscila will work with Dr. Lawrence Gilbert, Dr. Felicity Muth and Dr. Kristen Harris to investigate landmark use in foraging behavior and the impact of the foraging experience on Heliconius butterflies’ brain plasticity.

 

 

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EDMUND BASHAM

Edmund Basham is an amphibian ecologist who completed his Masters in Environmental Science at the University of Sheffield and his PhD in Ecology at the University of Florida. His PhD research explored the vertical stratification patterns of tropical rainforest frogs which inhabit the towering trees of pristine rainforests, with his work comprising field seasons in Madagascar, Costa Rica, Panama, and Gabon. As a Stengl-Wyer Scholar, Edmund will work with Dr. Kelly Zamudio, Dr. David Cannatella, and Dr. Timothy Keitt, to assess the threats of climate change and chytrid fungus disease to rainforest frogs occupying different forest strata from ground to canopy.

CLICK HERE TO READ AN INTERVIEW WITH EDMUND

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KORIN JONES

Korin Rex Jones is a microbial community ecology researcher fascinated by the role the microbiome can play in health and development across a wide variety of host organisms. More specifically, he seeks to understand how community assembly processes can impact microbiome community structure, leading to differences in microbiome function. During his PhD research at Virginia Tech, he combined field and lab research to develop an understanding of the processes driving the assembly of amphibian bacterial communities and how these communities change over time. As a Stengl-Wyer Scholar, he will work with Dr. Nancy Moran and Dr. Jeffrey Barrick to understand how the colonization order of gut bacteria can affect the composition and spatial organization of bacteria within the honeybee gut microbiome using a combination of fluorescent microscopy and metagenomics.

Click here to read an interview with Korin