Where are they now?

Jessica Fox, Assistant Professor (Case Western Reserve University)

Jess earned her BS in the lab graduating in 2005. She studied flight control in the Green June Beetle, Cotinus nitidus (Scarabeidae), which are some of the best flying beetles due to behavioral and morphological specializations of the elytra. She went on to earn her PhD with Tom Daniel at University of Washington describing the function of halteres in crane flies. After a brief post-doc with Mark Frye at UCLA being indoctrinated into the Drosophila club, she has just set up her own lab at Case Western.

John Layne, Associate Professor (University of Cincinnati)

John was a post-doc in the lab from 2003-2005 and worked on two projects. He studied visually guided pursuit of female flies by male Sarcophaga bullata, and optics of tiger beetles and their visual assessment of distance and size when choosing prey to pursue. We often had fiddler crabs in the lab when John was around. He had worked on them as a post-doc with John Barnes in Glasgow and he continues to in his lab at UC.

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Angelique Paulk, PhD

Angelique earned her BS and MS in the lab working on proprioceptive organs in the neck of flies that monitor the position of the head relative to the thorax. She studied the evolution of the external morphology and axonal projection patterns of the neck organ across the Diptera as an undergraduate. For her MS degree she characterized how spike patterns in the afferent axons from the neck organ in a primitive fly, the Black Soldier fly Hermetia illucens (Stratiomyidae), encode head posture around all three rotational axes. Angelique went on to earn her PhD with our old friend Wulfila Gronenberg in the ARL – Division of Neurobiology in Tucson. She subsequently did a Post-doc with Bruno Swinnerden at the Queensland Brain Institute in Brisbane Australia where she developed a multi-electrode technique to record from the brain of behaving Drosophila melanogaster.

Avery Russell, BS

Avery earned his BS in the lab graduating in May 2011. He studied the evolution of the sensori-muscular system of the first leg in flies and the serial homology of the organ and muscles across the three legs in the flesh fly Sarcophaga bullata (Sarcophagidae). Avery is currently a PhD student with Dan Papaj at the University of Arizona studying buzz pollination by bumble bees.

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