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PhD student wins insect research scholarship

Ryan Bracewell, a PhD student with Diana Six in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, was recently awarded the Western Forest Insect Work Conference (WFIWC) Memorial Scholarship The scholarship is the highest honor for a promising upcoming professional. WFIWC represents scientists and managers that work on forest insects from Mexico, Canada, and the western United States. As part of the award, Ryan presented an overview of his research in the plenary session at the WFIWC meeting held in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho in March. The title of his talk  “Bringing together ecology and evolution to better understand bark beetle-fungal symbioses” covered how applying a genomics approach to population genetics can inform our knowledge of bark beetle ecology and management. Ryan also presented an invited talk at the same conference on population genetics of mountain pine beetle. Ryan’s research is among the most cutting edge work being conducted on bark beetles. Check out the Six Lab web site for more information on his work as it develops.