News & Announcements

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD thesis defense

Katie Schroeder
March 7 at 10 AM

Best talk and poster awards for OEB PhD students!

OEB PhD students Kim Avecedo and Adri Grow each won awards at the Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium!  Kim won the best Poster award, and Adri won the best talk award.  Congrats to both!

Congrats to OEB faculty and students for an exciting paper on fish body size change!

Lead author Josh Lonthair - along with OEB students Estefany Argueta and John Swenson, as well as OEB faculty Lisa Komoroske - and co-authors - all worked to publish an exciting paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology showing how fish change is related to ecoloy.  Congrats to all!

OEB PhD candidate Katrina Zarrella Smith awarded a NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship

Katrina was selected to be the recipient of a 2023 National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship. Her project is titled "Building a next-generation, climate-ready stock assessment informed by spatially explicit population processes". Since 1999, when the fellowship began, just over 120 individuals have been awarded this competitive fellowship. Amazing news, Katrina! More here.

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

PhD candidate Luis Aguirre

Luis Aguirre
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
10:30 AM
Morrill 3 Room 222
Dissertation title: Contextual effects on pollination: assessing the effects of herbivory and diversity on plant-pollinator interactions

OEB PhD candidate Alex Winsor wins first prize in student paper competition

Alex Winsor won first prize in the student paper competition at the annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society at the Cornell University. His paper was called "Visual object categorization in the jumping spider brain". Congrats, Alex!

Calling all CNS Grad Students!

Happy end of the semester and start of summer! To celebrate, join your fellow grad students for an evening of food, fun, and trivia presented by CNS and Life Science Café and sponsored by your Graduate Student Organizations! Show off your science, UMass, and Sci-Fi knowledge on the 29th of June at 6pm at the Hangar Bar and Grill (10 University Dr., Amherst, MA)

We’ll buy the food and you buy the drinks! We hope to see you there!

Pre-register your trivia team and win an extra trivia point! Make a team ahead of time or join one day-of! Maximum of 8 people per group please. If there are more, feel free to break into two groups!

There will be questions across 5 different topics so get ready to be challenged!

Any questions? Please email:

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Jessica Norstog

Jessica Norstog
May 11, 2023
Dissertation Title: Osmoregulation and appetite regulation in a basal vertebrate, the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Patrick Roberts
April 4, 2023
Dissertation Title: Landscape ecology and conservation of freshwater turtles in the eastern United States

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Meghna Marjadi
March 31, 2023
Dissertation Title: Timing is everything: climate change implications for phenological events and reproductive success in river herring