Erin Campbell wins award at ICE/ESA 2016 for her talk on species boundaries in fritillary butterflies

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Felix and Erin at the closing reception at the ICE/ESA joint meeting in Orlando.

This past fall, several members of the Sperling Lab attended the 2016 International Congress of Entomology/Entomological Society of America joint meeting in Orlando, FL. Erin Campbell, a PhD student, won second place for her talk in the student competition category Morphology, Systematics, and Phylogeny: Flies, Leps, and Others. Her talk, entitled “Thinking out of (species) bounds: Phylogenetic incongruences in the butterfly genus Speyeria” contrasted traditional molecular phylogenetics with newer next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods. Erin’s work suggests that close evolutionary relationships, rather than introgression, are likely the cause of observed phylogenetic incongruence in Speyeria. A conference abstract containing more details can be found here.

Congratulations Erin!

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