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2012 Hynes Award for New Investigators: Ronald Bassar

The winner of the Hynes Award for New Investigators is Dr. Ronald D. Bassar for his 2011 paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (107:3616−3621), “Local adaptation in Trinidadian guppies alters ecosystem processes.� Dr. Bassar is an evolutionary ecologist in the broadest possible sense as his work frequently crosses boundaries between evolutionary biology, population, community and ecosystem ecology to improve understanding of ecological causes and consequences of evolutionary change in natural and semi-natural systems.

His work primarily focuses on experimental research in streams using fish as model organisms, and it also incorporates the necessary interaction between experimental and theoretical biology to address complexity in fundamental theory and applied issues. His most recent work focuses on understanding whether feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes are important in determining the direction and rate of evolutionary change. The majority of this research involves natural and semi-natural stream communities on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

Dr. Bassar is currently at the Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, USGS Biological Resources Division, Maryland. He finished his PhD at University of California, Riverside in 2011.

Local adaptation in Trinidadian guppies alters ecosystem processes

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