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Tidbits, June 2015
Jessie Atterholt (Lindberg and M. Wake Labs), A study of the influence of post-natal development on avian evolution
Elizabeth Ferrer (Padian Lab), The importance of phylogeny in temporal and regional diversity and disparity dynamics
Jenny Hofmeister (Caldwell Lab), The behavior and foraging ecology of key marine predators in California
Jenna Judge (Lindberg Lab), Patterns of specialization in the deep sea at the individual, ecosystem, and evolutionary level
Marwa Wafeeq Ibrahim El-Faramawi's home institution is the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, where she is a lecturer in paleobotany. After receiving a bachelor's degree in botany, Marwa researched the life strategies in mosses for her Master's thesis and, for her Ph.D. dissertation, she studied the early Oligocene fossil wood flora of the Cairo Petrified Forest. After navigating through all the required procedures and with the help and support of UCMP Director Charles Marshall, Marwa started a one-year Visiting Research Scholar appointment in the UCMP in April. She will be working with Assistant Professor and Curator Cindy Looy and Senior Museum Scientist Diane Erwin and participating in several research projects, gaining hands-on experience working with museum collections, and learning about curatorial practices. Marwa has already begun one of the projects with Diane to re-study, review and investigate the fossil flora of the Moreno Formation. However, her research interests go beyond the study of fossil wood as she is eager to learn more about all other types of fossil plant specimens. Marwa is extremely happy, honored and proud to be part of the UCMP and UC Berkeley communities and the UCMP is delighted to be hosting her.
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