I'm very excited to be heading to the American Society of Mammalogists annual meeting in a couple of weeks! This will be my first year participating as a postdoc, and I will be presenting data I've been tirelessly analyzing from the greater bamboo lemur's genome (with LOTS of help from our bioinformatician Ryan!). I have a few really exciting results to present, sorry no spoilers here ;) summarizing the demographic history of this species. Below is a very special picture of me holding 'Gryff' one of the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership's (see link below) monitored individuals from Kianjavato. This was mere moments before Gryff (who is sedated here), urinated and defecated all over me. This mammalogist considers that a badge of honor. How many people have been pooped on by one of the rarest lemurs in the world? #fieldworkfail #lovemyjob #jealous?
Missy is a geneticist, and field biologist who enjoys both observing mammals in their natural environment and combining that with DNA detective work.