Located at the Entomology & Nematology Department, University of Florida
Recent lab news:
October 2019: Sara Zlotnik, Ph.D. student, received the Best Lighting Talk award at the Southeastern Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics (SEPEEG) 45th Annual Meeting. The title of her talk was "Feeding facilitation in leaf-footed bugs: Behavioral strategies and morphological consequences”
September 2019: Postdoctoral researcher, Ginny Greenway, is visiting the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama for five weeks to study social behaviors in insects.
July 2019: Four members of the Miller Lab presented their work at the 2019 Behaviour Conference in Chicago. Ginny Greenway and Zach Emberts gave talks, while Lauren Cirino and Daniela Wilner gave poster presentations. Ginny presented on polyandry in squash bugs, Zach discussed ways in which bugs can evade predation, Lauren presented on the implications of weapon damage on mating success, and Daniela explained how brief nutritional deprivation can influence reproduction. Christine Miller helped to lead a professional development workshop for early-career scientists.
July 2019: A warm welcome to Tamsin Woodman, visiting us for the next nine months from the University of Manchester, UK. She will be working on the effects of nutrition on the insect exoskeleton.
June 2019: Ginny Greenway presented research at two conferences in June, the Evolution conference in Providence, Rhode Island and the Council for Undergraduate Research's biennial Undergraduate Research Programs conferencein Columbus, Ohio.
June 2019: Lauren Cirino received the 2019 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Graduate Student Teaching Award at the Annual NACTA conference held at the College of Southern Idaho.
June 2019: Christine Miller was elected to serve as Secretary-Elect for the Division of Ecology and Evolution in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.
May 2019. Christine Miller served as an invited panelist and mentor at the Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior (WFAB) symposium at Arizona State University May 16th to the 18th. Ginny Greenway attended this symposium as a participant.
May 2019: After working in the lab for seven years, Pablo Allen has wrapped up his work and will soon begin as an academic director at CIEE Global Institute-Monteverde, Costa Rica.
May 2019: Zach Emberts, PhD candidate in the lab, received an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship. In January, after completing his Ph.D., he will move to Arizona to begin this exciting new project.
April 2019: Sara Zlotnik, PhD student in the lab, is spending a week in the lab of David Labonte at Imperial College, London to begin collaborations between our labs and to learn histology and biomechanics techniques.
April 2019: Sara Zlotnik, PhD student in the lab, and Christine Miller presented at the Evolution Evolving conference in Cambridge, UK
March 2019: Zach Emberts, PhD candidate in the lab, received a university-wide mentoring award for his incredible efforts and great success in mentoring undergraduate researchers.
February 2019: Robert Entzian, undergraduate researcher in the lab, presented his research on weapon variation in the leaf-footed Thasus neocalifornicus at the 2019 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
February 2019: Zach Emberts, a PhD candidate in the lab, spent several weeks at the University of Cambridge studying under Prof. Walter Federle. The Miller and Federle Labs are collaborating on the mechanical properties of insect weapons and defensive structures. Together, our work may provide insights into how mechanical properties of the cuticle have influenced insect evolution.
January 2019: Ten members of the lab presented talks and posters at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting. We had a blast!