THE RUBENSTEIN LAB

behavior | ecology | evolution

2014

Dustin Rubenstein was interviewed on ESPN Outside the Lines about co-evolution and the defensive shift in baseball.  (6/14)

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded a grant from the National Geographic Society to return to northern Kenya with Sarah Guindre-Parker to study starling stress physiology.  (5/14)

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded a grant from the President’s Office at Columbia University to expand the Kenyan Program in Tropical Biology and Sustainability into a regional East African program.  (5/14)

Dustin Rubenstein and Hans Hofmann were awarded a grant from NSF to hold a workshop entitled New Frontiers for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at the New York Genome Center in August 2014.  (5/14)

Sarah Guindre-Parker and Natalie Hofmeister both received research grants from the American Ornithologists’ Union.  (4/14)

Katherine Brooks was awarded a Columbia Frontiers of Science Fellowship to do postdoctoral work in the lab.  (4/14)

Dustin Rubenstein was promoted to Associate Professor after a successful 5th Year review.  (4/14)

Former lab member Maddy Cohen ’13 was featured in 2012-2013 Columbia College Annual Report about her global study abroad experiences while at Columbia.  (2/14)

2013

Former lab members Julia Pilowsky ’12 and Maddy Cohen ’13 were featured in Columbia College Today about their global study abroad and research experiences while at Columbia.  (12/13)

Sarah Guindre-Parker was awarded an Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant.  (5/13)

Gillian Carling, a senior at The Bronx High School of Science, was admitted to Columbia’s class of 2017 and will be starting in the fall.  (4/13)

Hannah Skolnik was admitted to the 2013 Amgen Scholar’s Program. She is 1 of 250 students admitted from a national pool of more than 6,200 applications.  (4/13)

Kaitlyn Gaynor and Julia Pilowsky were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to fund their PhD work at UC Berkeley and Tufts, respectively. Rebecca Kelley received an honorable mention.  (4/13)

Gillian Carling, a senior at The Bronx High School of Science, was named a Finalist at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair for her work on hermaphroditism, sex determination, and sociality in snapping shrimp.  (3/13)

Julia Pilowsky’s undergraduate senior was published in the April edition of Animal Behaviour, where it is featured in the In Focus section.  (3/13)

2012

Dustin Rubenstein’s research trip with Emmett Duffy to Belize was featured in The New York Times’ Scientists at Work Blog.  (7/12)

Dustin Rubenstein co-edited a recent issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.  (7/12)

Lea Pollack was awarded Departmental Honors, the only EB major to receive the award.  (5/12)

Rebecca Kelley was awarded an Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant.  (4/12)

Rebecca Kelley received an honorable mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application.  (4/12)

Sarah Guindre-Parker was awarded a Canadian NSERC Fellowship to fund her PhD work.  (4/12)

Julia Pilowsky received a Charles Turner Travel Award from the Animal Behavior Society to present her

Senior Thesis research at the Annual Meetings this summer.  (3/12)


2011

Rebecca Kelley was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.  (12/11)

James Kealey’s work on snapping shrimp was profiled in the STRI News.  (12/11)

Julia Pilowsky’s senior thesis research on song in superb starlings was featured in the Columbia Spectator.  (9/11)

Sara Keen was awarded a Conference Travel Award by the American Ornithologists’ Union to present her MA thesis work at the 2011 Annual Meetings.  (5/11)

James Kealey was awarded a Smithsonian Institution Short-term Fellowship, as well as the Ernst Mayer Fellowship, which is given annually to the most outstanding Short-term Fellowship candidate.  (4/11)

James Kealey was awarded a Columbia Institute of Latin American Studies research grant.  (4/11)

The Rubenstein Lab was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of the Columbia Magazine.  (4/11)

Sara Keen received her second honorable mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application.  (4/11)

Dustin Rubenstein co-organized (with Michael Levandowsky) a one-day symposium at Columbia on “Sexual selection, social conflict and the female perspective”.  (4/11)

Dustin Rubenstein and colleagues (Jennifer Fewell and Jim Hunt) were awarded a grant from the NSF-funded National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) to co-organize a working group entitled “Large-scale demographic, network and behavioral trait analyses of sociality” from 2011 - 2013.  (2/11) 

2010

Dustin Rubenstein and colleagues (EIleen Lacey, Steven Phelps, and Nancy Solomon) were awarded a grant from the NSF-funded  National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) to co-organize a working group entitled “Integrative models of vertebrate sociality: evolution, mechanism and emergent properties” from 2011 - 2012.  (10/10)          

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded the 2011 Young Investigator Award by the Animal Behavior Society.  (8/10)

After a number of requests from the public, the Rubenstein Lab created a Facebook page to promote our research.  (8/10)

Dustin Rubenstein’s research trip to northern Kenya was featured in The New York Times’ Scientists at Work Blog.  (7/10)

Congratulations to Godffrey Manyaas, the proud father of a beautiful new baby girl.  (4/10)

Sara Keen received an honorable mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application.  (4/10)

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded the 2010 The Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award by the American Ornithologists‘ Union.  (2/10)

James Kealey was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of research.  (1/10)

2009

Sara Keen and James Kealey were both awarded research travels grants from Columbia’s Earth Institute.  (12/09)

Dustin Rubenstein was profiled in Nature and interviewed on the Nature Podcast.  (12/09)

Wilson Nderitu was profiled in Mpala Memos.  (10/09)

Dustin Rubenstein’s 2004 TREE paper was named as a “Fast Moving Front” by Thomson Reuters.  (9/09)

The Rubenstein Lab has finally moved to Columbia University and was profiled in The Record.  (8/09)

Melissa Mark was awarded a 3-yr NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to work in the Rubenstein Lab starting in Jan 2010.  (5/09)

2008

Tyler Davis was awarded an Explorers’ Club Grant for his research on sexual conflict in superb starlings.  (6/08)

After long delays at KWS, Wilson Nderitu finally graduated with his Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute.  (6/08)

Dustin Rubenstein has accepted an offer to become an Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University and will start in Fall 2009.  (3/08)

Rebecca Calisi was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology to study brain neural plasticity in relation to the adoption of different breeding roles in free-living cooperatively breeding superb starlings in Kenya. Becca also won the award for Best Student Poster from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology’s Division of Neuroscience at the 2008 SICB annual meeting.  (1/08)

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