Above: A Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) that was recently seen in Ogden Valley. The bright yellow breast with a prominent black V marking indicates this is a breeding adult. Males can spend up to a month establishing and defending a breeding territory before females arrive.

Photo by Dennis Collins.
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April 26, 2019
  Volume 3 Issue 6
This will be the last issue of the Zoology newsletter until the fall semester. Have a happy summer!
A big congrats to all our of our graduates! We wish you all the best as you move on to your next chapter in life!
Class of 2019 Zoology Graduates
Zoology 2019 Outstanding Graduates
Congratulations to Brian Farnsworth and Maggie England-Johns, Zoology's 2019 Outstanding Graduates! The Outstanding Graduate award is primarily given to two students graduating with the highest GPA. Both Brian and Maggie have also excelled in areas of research and community involvement.
Dr. Barb Trask and Outstanding Graduate Brian Farnsworth at the Zoology Awards Ceremony, April 16, 2019.
Dr. John Mull and Outstanding Graduate Maggie England-Johns at the Zoology Awards Ceremony, April 16, 2019.
Check out this WE.B.SCI article, "What I've learned from being a successful graduate student!" by Zoology alumnus, Kristen Ellis. Kristen and Zoology professor, Dr. John Cavitt's research paper, Using remote cameras to validate estimates of nest fate in shorebirds, was recently named Best ECR (Early Career Researcher) IBIS (International Journey of Ornithology) Paper of 2018, an incredibly prestigious award! Read Kristen's blog here:
Welcome New Zoology Department Chair, Dr. Ron Meyers
Beginning July 1, 2019, Zoology professor Dr. Ron Meyers will be stepping up as the new Department Chair. Dr. Meyers will be succeeding the current Chair, Dr. Chris Hoagstrom, who served as Chair for seven years.

Dr. Meyers has been a Zoology faculty member since 1993, and has been in the Human Anatomy teaching rotation for about 10 years. He received his Ph.D from Brown University and distinguishes himself as a Comparative Evolutionary Anatomist. He also teaches Evolution, Comparative Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, and Diversity of Animals. Dr. Meyers and Zoology alumnus Amanda Walker, recently published "The anatomy and histochemistry of flight hindlimb posture in birds. II. The flexed hindlimb posture of perching birds" in the Journal of Anatomy, 2019.

Upon reflection as Chair, Dr. Hoagstrom noted, "The best part of being Chair was trying to make everything work better. Helping faculty get what they need, advising students, creating more of a community environment, and making improvements to the Zoology program." Students can still visit Dr. Hoagstrom after July 1st in his new office in TY 309.
Welcome New Zoology Administrative Specialist
Robin Osterhoudt is moving on. The next time you walk into the the Zoology office, you will see a new friendly face at the front desk. My time as the Administrative Specialist has come to an end, and I will be venturing to a wildlife position with the Department of Natural Resources this summer. It has been a great pleasure serving such awesome Zoology students, and I've enjoyed getting to know many of you. I know you will do great and wonderful things for this world! "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
–Jane Goodall
Call for Photos!
If you would like to share your photos of cool zoology-related stuff for consideration of inclusion in this newsletter, please email and include the subject ID and location of the photo.
The Zoology Club and Weber State University's Chapter of The Wildlife Society are actively seeking members and officers! If you are interested in joining, please email the club and ask to be put on their mailing list for updated club information: 
The Wildlife

REU Internship Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences Fall 2019
Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition Summer 2019
International Summer School in European Russia
Field Methods in Primatology: Paraguay

M.S. in Ecology at Western Colorado University is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year: Fisheries & Wildlife and Ecology & Conservation

The Weber Basin Job Corps Center is hiring for these positions: Guidance Counselor Position, Teacher PositionVocational Dev. Specialist Position
Utah DNR AIS Tech Summer 2019
Hogle Zoo Job Openings:
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Volunteer Service Projects:

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