At the end of every year (or the beginning of a new year), it has been a tradition in our group to write a blog summarizing a whole passing year.
As usual, 2016 has been a really busy year. Good news is that Bene finished his PhD with his thesis being on the Dean’s list (top 5% PhD theses at the Otago University); he has already published papers in Molecular Ecology and Functional Ecology from this thesis, and more to come. Carlos visited me in Sydney, in December; he has made great progress, and plans to finish his PhD in July 2017.
Our group is expanding. Rose has officially started her PhD on zebrafish, and Fonti on lizards,. We are extremely lucky to have Melissa working on the behaviour system for our experiments on zebrafish and Takuji have joined us later in the year to help us on various projects. We have been very productive, often working with many scientists around the world. We have had several good papers accepted and being published, for example, in BMC Biology and Molecular Ecology, with Dan and Losia involved. Notably, Joel not only published in Current Biology but also co-authored a son with his wife!
I have been told it takes 2 years to build up a new lab and it is getting to be 2 years since our relocation to Sydney. We are finally feeling that we are settling down as a group. We are now getting a lot of good data from the fish and lizard study systems, so we have a lot to look forward to in 2017!