Three faculty from the Department of Biology have received fellowships to support their research in summer 2013. Awarded on a competitive basis, the fellowships fund full-time research projects, with the expectation of submission to a high-quality academic journal or equivalent standard of intellectual contribution.

Rebecca Drenovsky, Ph.D.
Understanding the factors that limit plant growth and reproduction are critical to the success of rangeland restoration programs. This project seeks to understand the resources that limit plant establishment, growth, and recruitment in a suite of perennial grasses commonly used in restoration in the Intermountain West.

Erin Johnson, Ph.D.
The project involves looking for compounds that hold the potential to enhance the immune system’s response to viral infections.

Ralph Saporito, Ph.D.
The proposed project is designed to further understand how animals defend themselves against natural predators. In particular, the study will examine how differences in the distribution of poison glands in frogs lead to differences in protection from predation.

Posted on January 2, 2013