Biology

Specimans Faculty Research Grants & Awards

Faculty Grants and Awards

Nathan Ahlgren

USC Provost Postdoctoral Scholar Grant. Characterizing the seasonal dynamics of marine virus community structure through the use of high-throughput metagenomic sequencing. July 2016 - May 2017.


Philip Bergmann

National Science Foundation. Collaborative Research: Developmental and functional mechanisms of complex trait re-evolution: Limb loss and gain in skink lizards. Co-PIs: C. Siler, G. Wagner, D. Irschick. $153,158 ($665,963 total). 2014-2017.

Hodgkins Junior Faculty Fellowship. Clark University. 2014-15.

Clark Faculty Development Fund. $1500. 2014

LEEP Course Development Grant, Clark Davis Foundation grant for Science Careers & Effective Practice. $2000. 2013.

LEEP Course Development Grant, Clark Davis Foundation grant for Advanced Biostatistics. $2000. 2012.

LEEP Course Revision Grant, Clark Davis Foundation grant for Comparative & Human Anatomy Lab.$500. 2011.


Robert Drewell

NIH R15 Grant. Decoding cis-regulatory grammar at Hox genes. $450,900. April 2016 - Mar 2019.

NIH R15 Grant. Molecular dissection of Drosophila Hox gene cis-regulatory modules. $210,000. June 2010 - May 2015.

NSF Career Award. Investigating the evolution of gene regulation at Drosophila Hox genes. $600,000. Feb 2009 - Jan 2016.

NIH R03 Grant. Promoter-enhancer interactions at the Drosophila bithorax complex.$145,000. June 2007 - May 2010.

Susan Foster & John Baker

National Science Foundation. Ancestral plasticity and mating system evolution in the stickleback radiation. Award: $574,548. Duration: 2005-2009.

Keck Foundation, “Complementary Curricular Network Project, Project Director S. Foster, Co-Directors: T. Livdahl, D. Robertson, D. Hibbett. $300,000. 2006.

National Institutes of Health: National Research Service Award for Matthew Wund. ca. $150,000 over three years. 2009.

National Science Foundation Research Supplement to IOB 0526062: $17,817. 2009

National Science Foundation DDIG Grant (IOS 0910066) for Justin Golub. Dissertation Research: Embryonic Learning in Stickleback: an Evolutionary Perspective. $12,230, 2009.


John Gibbons

2011. Graduate Student Research Excellence Award in Biological Sciences. Awarded annually to a graduate student of at least third-year status who has performed outstanding and scholarly research over a sustained period of his/her tenure in the Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University.

2011. FEMS Young Scientist Meeting Grant. Awarded to support attendance to the FEMS Biofilms in Nosocomial Fungal Infections Conference in Paris, France.

2010-2012 Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellow. National Institute of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH, NIAID: F31AI091343-01)

2010. Vanderbilt University Graduate School Travel Award. Awarded to assist in travel to collaborating lab in Paris, France.

2010. Gisela Mosig Best Presenter Award. Awarded annually for the best presentation at the Department of Biological Sciences Annual Retreat; Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University.

2009 Ann Bernard Martin Award. Awarded annually to a graduate student who demonstrates exceptional promise in research and scholarly activity in the early stages of his/her graduate career; Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University

David Hibbett

National Science Foundation, Physiolgical and Structural Systems Cluster, Integrative Organismal Systems (DSH, PI; Igor V. Grioriev & Betsy Loring, Co-PI's). Collaborative Research: Functional and evolutionary bases of substrate-specificity in wood-decaying basidiomycetes. $275,078. April 1- 2015 - March 31, 2018.

National Science Foundation (DSH, PI). Evolution of fruiting body forms in the mushroom-forming fungi (Agaricomycetes): a comparative phylogenetic, phylogenomic, and developmental approach. $339,384. April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2019.

National Science Foundation AVATOL (Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing the Tree of Live) Program. Title: Collaborative Research: Automated and Community-Driven Synthesis of the Tree of Life, DEB 1208719. $300.000. May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2015.

National Science Foundation Biodiversity Inventories (R. Halling, PI, DSH and M. Binder, Co-PIs). Title: Boletineae (Fungi) in Queensland, Australia, DEB- 1020421. $456,395. Sept. 1, 2010 - Aug. 31, 2013.

National Science Fundation Systematics and Population Biology (DSH, PI).Title: T- enhancing taxonomic expertise in the Polyporales, DEB- 0933081. $750,000. Jan.1, 2010 - Dec.31, 2014.

Denis Larochelle

Faculty Development Award, Clark University. 2013

Nuclea Biomarkers, Inc. Renewal of “Dictyostelium-based screen for novel drugs.” $125,000. 2010

Nuclea Biomarkers, Inc. “Dictyostelium-based screen for novel drugs.” $125,00. 2009

Faculty Development Award, Clark University. 2008


Néva Meyer

Smithsonian Institute Short-Term Visitor award to work with Dr. Mary Rice at the Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, Florida. Clark University. 2011.

Paper nominated (1 of 5) for Biology Prize at 5th Annual Research Awards to recognize ground-breaking research published in BioMed Central’s journals. University of Hawaii. 2011.

HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship. University of Washington. 2000.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. University of Washington. declined.

Deborah Robertson

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: Experimental Model Systems. Application of electroporation for transfection and transformation of the cosmopolitan diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia to enable molecular dissection of domoic acid biosynthesis. Smith, G.L. (Lead) and D.L. Robertson. $171,841. 2015-2016.

Clark Science Math Teaching and Education Partnership (C-STEP) funded by the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program ($1,130,705, 60 mos.) Del Prete, T., L.J. Smith, D.L. Robertson, A. A. Kudrolli, N. C. Sternberg. Duration: 2013-2018.

National Science Foundation. Title: Regulation of nitrogen assimilation in marine diatoms: Investigation of the importance of post-transcriptional processes. Award: $385,381. Duration: 2011-2015.

National Science Foundation. CAREER: Nitrogen Assimilation in Marine Algae: Evolution, Physiology, and Educational Opportunities. (Funded: $541,433, 60 mos with 1 year no cost extension). Duration: 2003-2009.