Barnes Lab attends Texas Academy of Science 2017

The Barnes Lab again attended the annual Texas Academy of Science meeting last weekend, enjoying the beautiful University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus as well as the opportunity to learn about interesting research taking place across the state and showcase some of our own work. Lab highlights from the weekend included an excellent poster presentation by undergraduate Dakota Limon on her research applying genetic tools to the detection of the fungal pathogen causing white-nose syndrome in bats. Limon even took home an award for Best Poster in the Undergraduate Conservation Biology section! Best oral presentation in the Conservation Biology section was taken home by Barnes Lab collaborator Madison Granier of Southwestern University for her work studying eDNA accumulation and degradation in apple snails.

Dakota Limon poses with her award-winning poster, “Comparing traditional and novel genetic surveillance for white-nose syndrome across Louisiana bats”
Dr Barnes poses with Southwestern University collaborators Dr. Romi Burks (left) and Madison Granier (center). Madison won best oral presentation in the Conservation Biology section as well as a TAS research grant to support her eDNA work on invasive apple snails.