July & August 2015 Newsletter

A Closer Look #152

Charlyn Partridge joins AWRI Faculty

Pictured from Top to Bottom; Left to Right: Dr. Jim McNair, Jorge Berrios-Rivera, Dr. Kevin Strychar, Melissa Koehler, Muhidin Abdimalik, Shelby Brewer, Nicholas Chischilly, Kelsey Hubble, Isabel Papraniku, Naymar Franqui, Hannah Franko, and Vingie Ng.

Charlyn received her B.S. in Biology from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA and her M.Sc. from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2009, where her dissertation examined the effect of environmental contaminants on mating systems in aquatic species. After completing her Ph.D. she held a two-year postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine. During this time, she gained experience in genetic and genomic techniques by examining the way high-fat diet alters gene expression in mice. Just prior to joining the faculty at AWRI-GVSU, she held a postdoc position at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where she explored gene expression differences in fish with alternative reproductive tactics. Charlyn’s current research combines her experience in genomics and ecology to address how environmental and genetic factors influence selection processes and adaptive potential in natural populations. Her research employs a variety of behavioral, molecular, and genetic techniques to address questions related to: (1) sexual selection, (2) invasive species colonization, and (3) adaptation to global climate change.