Nalini Puniamoorthy who is now a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich has been awarded a Pre-doctoral short-term research fellowship by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
This fellowship ‘provides funding for short-term research projects in the tropics in areas of STRI research, under the supervision of STRI Staff Scientists and Research Associates. The projects, of up to 3 months, are usually complete in themselves. Exceptional exploratory projects or pilot studies with well-defined goals are encouraged.’
Nalini’s project proposal title which was awarded the grant is “A comparative study investigating the population differentiation of reproductive behavior and sexual dimorphisms in the neotropical sepsid fly Archisepsis diversiformis or if you prefer, ‘Diferenciacion geografica entre poblaciones de la mosca Archisepsis diversiformis en cuanto a su comportamiento y morfologia’.
Her supervisors during this stint will be William G. Eberhard and John Christy.
Thanks to Janice who informed Nalini in typical style to say, “Hi babe, I asked Siva to help announce your stint at the Smithsonian Institute.“