​ CPB graduate student affiliates Anna O'Brien and Michelle Stitzer helping at the 2016 Picnic Day "Explore the Tree of Life". ​

Center for Population Biology Research and Travel Awards

CPB prides itself on promoting student initiative and independence and maintaining a training environment where graduate students perceive themselves as equal collaborators.  CPB student research and travel grants, awarded on a competitive basis,  allow students to conduct research that is independent of, and often considerably different from, any of the extramurally funded projects in their host labs.

CPB Research Awards: 
These awards will be based on your research proposal and budget. In the proposal, affiliates will describe their goals, research methodology, proposed timetable, and the process by which interpretation of the data will be made.
CPB Travel Awards:
These award will typically be used to support travel to workshops, meetings and other collaborations. An abstract is required in addition to the conference announcement. You must also include a paragraph explaining how attending the workshop will enhance your career. Priority for travel to meetings will be given for presentation of research that could not be funded directly by your major professor/research programs.

Collaborative Seed Grants:
This program promotes student independence by facilitating new collaborations among students with different areas of expertise. CSG projects must be developed by CPB-affiliated graduate students from different labs, represent new research directions, and be substantially distinct from extramurally   funded research projects in their home labs.

Daphne and Ted Pengelley Award: 
In support of graduate student research and training activities in evolutionary biology. Awards range from $500 - $1,000.

Hardman Foundation Award:
In support of graduate student research on California native plants or on invasive plant species that threaten native plants in California habitats. Awarded annually: $1,000.



2016 CPB Graduate Student Research Awards

CPB Graduate Student Affiliate

Project Title

Frances Armstrong

Thyroid hormone signaling and its role in the evolution of marine larval development

Philipp Brand

The role of long-term memory in orchid bee scent collection

Serena Caplins

The transcriptomic basis of egg and clutch size plasticity in a sea slug

Kyle Christie

Niche displacement and mechanisms of local adaptation in California Jewelflowers

Brendan Cornwell

Developing microsatellites to genotype Symbiodinium sp. in symbio: Validating the viability of RAD-seq to investigate host-symbiont population genetic patterns in anemones and corals

Sean Ehlman

Impacts of invasive predators as a function of evolutionary history of prey: A test with the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata

Cassie Ettinger

The Seagrass Mycobiome: What happened to fungal associations as plants moved into the marine environment?

Sarah Friedman

Drivers of diversification:  the interplay between ecology and morphology in fishes

Marisano James

Strepsipteran retinal ultrastructure

Melissa Kardish

Experimental manipulation of microbial communities and potential effects on ecosystem function in a marine foundation species, Zostera marina

Nicole Kollars

The genotypic response of a marine foundation plant to multiple grazers

Eric LoPresti

Fire-driven selection and floral polymorphisms in Trichostema laxum

Kelsey Lyberger

Investigating density dependent selection in the demographic recovery of Daphnia melanica

Marshall McMunn

Spatiotemporal heterogeneity and species co-occurrence of Sierra Nevada ants

Lauren Miller

Adaptation and convergence in brachyuran crabs using combined morphological, genetic, and fossil data

Anna O’Brien

Adding adaptation to the Stress-Gradient Hypothesis:  teosinte-rhizosphere interactions in cold sites

Nicholas Saleh

The evolution and genetic regulation of social behavior in the socially flexible orchid bee, Euglossa dilemma

Michelle Stitzer

Investigating the consequences of transposition on plant fitness

Chhaya Werner

Effects of climatic variation on plant communities after disturbance

Easton White

The role of rare events at the intersection of marine and terrestrial ecosystems

Philipp Brand, Serena Caplins, Michelle Stitzer – Collaborative Seed Grant Program

Itching to move: Spatial and temporal barriers to speciation in head and body lice