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Jelard Aquino presents at NIH

In October Jelard Aquino was selected to give a talk on “Genome-wide patterns of selection in Heliconius erato” at the 2019 NIH IDeA bioinformatics conference in Las Vegas. This work was carried out during a Smithsonian fellowship with Krzysztof Kozak. Jelard is now researching indel evolution at U Nevada Reno and looking for PhD opportunities. Best of luck!

Jessica Foley awarded STRI Short-term Fellowship!

Jessica Foley in Ecuador

Jessica was recently awarded the STRI short-term fellowship to carry out a project studying longevity and cognitive decline in Heliconius butterflies. Working under the supervision of both Dr. Owen McMillan and Dr. Stephen Montgomery of the Evolution of Brains and Behaviour (EBAB) lab in Cambridge, she will study the effects of age on learning and memory tests in both Heliconius and Dryas butterflies, with the aim of investigating a potential differential senescence in cognitive ability between the two genera. Will the physiological robustness conferred upon Heliconius by their pollen-feeding behaviour translate to a similar robustness in cognitive ability compared to their non-pollen-feeding close relatives?

Congratulations Fletcher Young!

Fletcher Young

Fletcher Young will be joining the Gamboa Heliconius community in January as a short-term fellowship recipient. A Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, Fletcher is interested in comparing long-term memories between Heliconius butterflies and their sister species. Stephen Montgomery, whom Fletcher studies under, similarly visited STRI in 2012 as a short-term fellow where he characterized the striking difference in brain morphology between Heliconius and other closely related genera.

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