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We’re so excited to welcome Tessa Browne to the lab as our newest graduate student! After completing her undergraduate degree at Smith College, Tessa went on to work as a laboratory technician at Harvard (Macdonald Lab) and Stanford (Sperling Lab) before joining us. You can learn more about Tessa on our Person page.


This week, the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology (GBGM) Division of the Geological Society of America has published the start of its “Diverse Faces of Geobiology” initiative. The project, started by Dr. Carie Frantz, highlights the stories and research of people from traditionally marginalized backgrounds who have helped build the field of Geobiology . I have built and am maintaining the website, so if you have any thoughts or comments please contact me. Keep checking the site for updates; new bios will be coming up as they’re ready!


Dr. Gold is has been elected to serve another two years as a committee member in the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology (GBGM) Division of the Geological Society of America. GBGM has seen impressive growth over the last few years


Dr. Gold is featured in an article on The Atlantic about Trichoplax and the origin of animals. You can read it here.


Congratulations to Hannah for receiving a Durrell Award for her dissertation research!


Everyone in the lab is trying to stay safe while keeping the work going. Jashan and Jacob recently presented at UC Davis’ 31st Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference. The downside is that the conference took place digitally, but the upside is that their excellent presentation was recorded! You can watch the video here.


This week we welcome IGG rotation student Ismael Acedo to the lab. He’ll spend the next 10 weeks focusing on jellyfish and computational biology. What could be better?


We’re sorry to see Roxanne go, but thrilled that she is beginning an exciting new postdoc at the California Academy of Sciences. We look forward to lots of continued collaborations and can’t wait to see where her research goes next!


Can scientists reverse aging? Dr. Gold is featured in an interview with friend and collaborator Dr. David Sinclair. Check out the video on Veritasium’s YouTube channel.


Congratulations to Noemie for passing her qualifying exams! No one (except Noemie) was surprised…


Hannah Kempf has officially joined the lab! Co-advised with Dr. Sandy Carlson, Hannah is broadly interested in conservation paleobiology. You can learn more about her background and interests on our personnel page.


The lab is excited to get a visit from National Geographic contributing photographer Anand Varma. You can check out his amazing work here. Keep on the lookout for some exciting jellyfish-related collaborations.


Dr. Gold would like to keep a jellyfish tank in his home, but his wife is opposed. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one man can decide. Find out the verdict on the Judge John Hodgman podcast.


Congratulations to Roxanne (or should I say Dr. Banker) for successfully defending her thesis! We’re thrilled to have her join us as a postdoctoral scholar.


Dr. Gold was interviewed by Quanta Magazine about the origin of animal cell types. Click here to check it out.


Our paper on the origin of plastids is out! Spearheaded by Kelsey Moore in the Bosak and Founier labs at MIT, this project has been a long time in the making. You can check out the article here or through the reprints page.


Congratulations to Paóla, who has been invited to participate in the Children’s Defense Fund-sponsored Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry! She will be sharing her story of being an undocumented Black African woman pursuing the American dream in the sessions “I’m Your Child: Ending Cruelty to Immigrant Children and Families” and “Lanterns: Building an Intergenerational Movement”.


We’re thrilled to welcome visiting scientists Todd Oakley and Natasha Picciani to the lab. Todd and Natasha are traveling from UC Santa Barbara to collaborate on some exciting projects involving single-cell RNA sequencing. Keep a lookout for the results!


Huge congratulations to Noemie for receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!! This prestigious award covers three years of graduate research. Well-deserved!


Our recent paper on cnidocyte development was selected by Evolution & Development as an Editor’s Choice article “for its exemplary scientific quality.” The paper will be freely available on the journal’s website for the next 3 months.


Congratulations to Noemie for receiving a UC Davis Natural Reserves Student Research Grant!


Our Microbiome Special Research Program Proposal has been funded. This project, in collaboration with Roxanne Banker and Dr. Jay Stachowicz, will fund research on the genetics of oyster biomineralization under changing ocean conditions. Read the press release here.


Check out the article about our moon jellyfish genome and its implications for animal complexity at Quanta Magazine.


Our paper on jellyfish stinging cells has been published in Evolution & Development. Thank you to all of the hard-working undergraduates who made this project possible!


Roxanne Banker will be presenting her research on oyster biomineralization at GSA 2018. Make sure to catch her talk!


Dr. Gold was interviewed by Agence France-Presse about recent research on biomarkers in Dickinsonia fossils. Click here to check out the news article.


Dr. Gold has been elected to join the Executive Committee of the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division (GBGM) of the Geological Society of America!


Dr. Gold has been elected to join the Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group (IGG) at UC Davis!


Dr. Gold has been invited to co-chair a symposium with Dr. Jeffrey Thompson at the 2019 North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC). We look forward to seeing you there!