We would like to thank all the postdocs who submitted applications and their faculty advisors for sending support letter!
We reviewed all the applications carefully and were very impressed by everyone's accomplishment. However the amount of the award is limited. So after lengthy consideration, we have chosen two recipients: Dr. Justin Suraci and Dr. Katlin Bowman. Congratulations Justin and Katlin!
Dr. Justin Suraci is a postdoc at the Environmental Studies Department. He has been conducting experimental and observational studies on large carnivores (including pumas and lions) and their prey (e.g., smaller predators, ungulates) from
Canada, Kenya, and here in Santa Cruz testing how human induced behavioral changes affect
food web regulation by top predators, and the conservation implications for large carnivores and
the ecosystems in which they occur. Because of his exceptional work in the field, Justin has been invited to give a talk at the highly influential Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions.
Dr. Katlin Bowman is a postdoc at the Department of Ocean Sciences. She combines marine genomics and chemistry to study a gene cluster in microorganisms that convert mercury to the toxic methyl-mercury. She has gone on multiple oceanographic expeditions and obtained promising results, which she will present at the bi-annual Ocean Sciences Meeting.