Lab News

The Jamaican flower bat, Phyllonycteris aphylla. Photo © Sherri and Brock Fenton.

Phillip Oelbaum named 2024 BCI Student Scholar!

Congratulations to Welch lab PhD student Phillip Oelbaum on being named a 2024 Student Scholar by Bat Conservation International for his project, entitled “Foraging and roosting ecology of Phyllonycteris aphylla in Jamaica.” More about Phil’s project (from the BCI page): The Jamaican flower bat, Phyllonycteris aphylla, is listed as critically endangered and until now was […]

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The Jamaican flower bat, Phyllonycteris aphylla. Photo © Sherri and Brock Fenton.

The Welch Lab returns to Jamaica!

Following a successful first field-trip in early 2023 resulting in a publication on two new breeding populations of the endangered Jamaican flower bat (Phyllonycteris aphylla), Phil Oelbaum and Jerrica Jamison, joined collaborator Damian Whyte and the Jamaica Caves Organization for more censusing of Jamaican “rat bats”!

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The Welch Lab Is Recruiting!

The Welch lab is actively recruiting graduate students for the coming year (Fall 2023 start). I anticipate recruiting up to 1 MSc student and 1 or 2 PhD students (i.e. student already has MSc or is a BSc graduate that is especially competitive). In particular, I am looking for students interested in studying a) ecotoxicology […]

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Paper featured in “Inside JEB”

A newly published paper led by recent MSc graduate Raafay Syed Ali has been featured in “Inside the JEB” It seems there is no limit to hummingbird superpowers. Blessed with the manoeuvrability of insects and high-speed vision, the nimble birds fuel their whirlwind lifestyle with a diet of sugar-charged nectar. Yet, by night, the animals […]

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Research led by Erich Eberts featured by Picarro

The following highlighted post features our paper “Metabolic fates of evening crop-stored sugar in ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris)” Read this post in its entirety here. At Picarro, we enjoy seeing how research groups at the forefront of Science are using our systems in their research. We’d like to thank Erich R. Eberts, Dr. Morag F. […]

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New lab publication in CBP Part B!

New research led by MSc graduate Alexander Myrka shows that ruby-throated hummingbirds express fructose transporter mRNA at uniquely high levels in flight muscle, but do not express fructolytic enzymes in the same tissue. This suggests flight muscle may be able to take up fructose at unusually high rates, but raises questions about how fructose phosphorylation […]

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Stingrays chew their food!

Research led by friend of the lab Dr. Matt Kolmann (@KolmannMA) was featured by Science Magazine Youtube Channel. In collaboration with the Welch lab, Dr. Kolmann report that mammals aren’t the only group of animals that can chew!

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