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MSU’s Boughman Elected VP of Evolution Group

Jenny Boughman

MSU integrative biologist Jenny Boughman has been elected vice president of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE).

The SSE is the premier international professional society for evolutionary biology. Its mission is to advance knowledge of evolution through both research and education.

“Jenny is a world leader in the study of how the evolution of mating behavior and how it influences ‘that mystery of mysteries’ – speciation,” said Tom Getty, professor and chair of the Department of Integrative Biology (IBIO) in the MSU College of Natural Science.  “She has also played a leading role in a variety of initiatives for the SSE, which is the world’s preeminent professional society devoted to research on and teaching about evolution. Her election to the vice presidency and executive board is a well-earned recognition of her leadership and service and it positions her for even greater contributions in the future.”

Boughman, IBIO associate professor, conducts research in a variety of fields, including sexual selection and speciation, genetics and genomics of speciation, reverse speciation, sexual signaling, cognitive and sensory evolution and evolutionary robotics. Her primary research focus is the study of the stickleback fish (Gasterosteus spp.), found in the postglacial lakes of British Columbia. Studies range from interspecies evolutionary changes to changes in response to habitat and ecological variation.

Boughman, who is also affiliated with MSU’s Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, said that she is honored to be elected SSE vice president.

“My goals as vice president are to help the society continue to thrive, and to further efforts to enhance diversity to sustain our vibrant field (especially important in the current political climate), and face the funding challenge by educating the public and legislators about the value of evolutionary research,” she said. “I look forward to working with a truly impressive leadership group and members of the society at all levels. I have always been committed to fostering scientific community and serving in this capacity gives me an amazing opportunity to do that at a larger scale and with more impact than before.”

  • via College of Natural Science website

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