Above: An American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). "The American alligator is a rare success story of an endangered animal not only saved from extinction but now thriving. State and federal protections, habitat preservation efforts, and reduced demand for alligator products have improved the species' wild population to more than one million and growing today." – National Geographic
Photo by Dennis Collins.
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February 7, 2019
  Volume 3 Issue 3
Supporting Students Affected by the Shutdown
Many students and their families may have been directly or indirectly affected during the federal government partial shutdown. Utah 2-1-1 provides an online database of community resources, compiled and published by the United Way of Northern Utah, to help those in need. Our Weber Cares Pantry is also a great resource which provides food and personal hygiene items, along with a food voucher program as an immediate option. Visit to learn more.
Science Fair Judges Needed
Ogden Preparatory Academy Junior High needs science fair judges on February 20, 2019! The event will take place at the school at 1435 Lincoln Avenue in Ogden. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the library for orientation and breakfast. Parking is available in the school parking lot. Judging will probably conclude around 11:30 a.m. They will greatly appreciate any help you can provide! For questions contact
Time Management & Test Taking Workshops
Do you struggle with managing time between school, work, and life, or have test anxiety? Join Zoology Instructor and Learning Strategist Brian Pilcher in his upcoming workshops:
Time Management: Tuesday, February 12th, 4:30-5:15 p.m. in TY 342
Test Taking: Tuesday, February 19th, 4:30-5:15 p.m. in TY 342
Check out this week's WE.B.SCI article by Dr. Stacy Palen, WSU Physics Professor and Ott Planetarium Director. She shares groundbreaking news on how a new observatory helped prove that Einstein was wrong!
#WeberScience House Party: Friday, February 15, 2019
The Science Senator and the College of Science Dean's office are hosting an event to support Weber Science clubs and organizations on February 15th in the Tracy Hall Science Center Atrium, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Dean is graciously paying for one Weber Science club/organization membership for each student who attends! Games, food, and fun! Read more about it:
President's Day Monday, February 18, 2019: No Classes
Enjoy the three-day weekend!
13th Annual UCUR: February 22, 2019
The 13th Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) will be held on February 22nd, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Come hear and see the best undergraduate work by students all over the state, in all academic disciplines! View the Conference Schedule for presentation times.
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.
Today! February 8th:
Arusa Ashfaq, Augustus Malan, & Rachel Dubose: Biology of Carnivorous Ribbon Worms!
Tracy Hall Science Center room 234, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Join three Zoology majors as they share their research on three different aspects of the biology of a carnivorous ribbon worm, Paranemertes peregrina. These three students recently traveled to Sylt, Germany to present their findings at the 9th International Conference on Nemertean Biology!
Wednesday, February 13th:
Nick Barrett: A Warmer North: How will climatic warming affect the biota and physical regime of arctic lakes?
Tracy Hall Science Center room 102, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Join USU Ph.D. student Nick Barrett as he talks about the complex effects warming may have on arctic lakes, and the necessity to integrate responses across multiple scales from individuals to ecosystems using a combination of long-term data, field manipulations, lab experiments, and modeling.
Thursday, February 21st:
Paul Rogers: Sustaining Aspen Forests: Are we really left with borders & barriers (again)?
Tracy Hall Science Center room 342, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Join Director of the Western Aspen Alliance, Paul Rogers, as he discusses the importance of aspen forests in biodiversity and connectivity along the Rocky Mountain cordillera. Will human interventions ultimately facilitate or fracture interwoven themes of succession, disturbance, climate, and herbivory?
Co-sponsored by the Botany Department, Zoology Department, Sustainability Practices and Research Center, & Geography Department.
Light refreshments will be served.

The Zoology Club & The Wildlife Society will be going to Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area tomorrow, February 9th, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. for Bald Eagle Day. Contact either club to carpool. February is the best time of the year to see the Bald Eagle, one of the country's most iconic birds! 

Address: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Wildlife Education Center, 1157 South Waterfowl Way, Farmington, UT 84025. 

It is recommended but not required that you register for the event: Farmington Bay Eagle Day Tickets

View the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources page for MORE INFO.

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

Kudos to Zoology Pre-med major Brian Farnsworth!

Brian's plans to apply for medical school encouraged him to look for interesting opportunities within the medical field. After deciding to participate in the annual Bench-to-Bedside program at the University of Utah, he was surprised to be invited to join a team creating an interesting surgical device called a laparoscopic insufflator, which is used to blow gas into the abdomen during minimally-invasive surgery.
In 2018, Brian and his team formed the company InsuffleX, LLC. They have raised $8,000 by competing in entrepreneurship competitions at Weber State University and the University of Utah, including winning first place in the WSU Opportunity Quest, for which they will represent WSU in Shanghai, China this May 2019!

Brian will be graduating this spring, 2019. Congratulations on your successes, Brian! We know you will make a superb doctor some day!

Utah's Hogle Zoo Summer 2019 Internships
Montana Conservation Intern Program Summer 2019
St. Marks, Florida National Wildlife Refuge Summer 2019 Internships
Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Spring 2019 Internship
Alcatraz Island Waterbird Spring 2019 Internship
Disney Animal Programs, Animal Endocrinology Internship, Florida, Fall 2019
Allied Whale Research Internships, Bar Harbor, Maine
Stewardship and Program Internship, Wood River Land Trust, Iowa
Shoals Marine Laboratory Research Internship
Smithsonian Environmental Research Internship Summer 2019

University of Wisconsin Spring/Summer 2019 REU in Aquatic Ecology & Fisheries
Michigan State University Spring/Summer 2019 REU in Sea Lamprey Control Efforts
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Summer 2019 REU in a broad range of Marine Science
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory 2019 REU in Ecological & Evolutionary Field Projects
Boise State University Summer 2019 REU in Raptor Research
Auburn University Summer 2019 REU in Warm-Water Aquatic Ecology
University of Iowa Summer 2019 REU in Evolutionary Sciences
University of Montana Summer 2019 Field Ecology Courses
Wildlife Handling Research Assistantship in Peru Summer 2019: Primates, bats, birds, and small terrestrial mammals
University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm Summer 2019 REU in Experimental Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Miami University Summer 2019 REU in Human Dominated Landscapes
University of South Dakota Summer 2019 REU in Invasive Elements & Cultural and Natural Stressors Affecting the Missouri River

Mossel Bay, South Africa Oceans Research

M.S. in Ecology at Western Colorado University is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year: Fisheries & Wildlife and Ecology & Conservation
M.S. in Biology at Missouri State University Begins Summer 2019: Bat Research

U.S. Forest Service student intern and recent graduate hiring event: Pathways Program
Indiana State University Center for Bat Research, northeastern Missouri: Bat Technician
Idaho Fish and Game: Fisheries Biological Aide (multiple positions), Lewiston, ID
University of New Brunswick: Machias Seal Island Avian Research Technician, Canada
Cal Poly: Avian/Mammal Technician for project in Durango, CO & Northern NM
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: SUWA 2019 Field Volunteer Opportunities

Dolphin Research Center Training Institute
Scientific Diver Field Course

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