Ph.D. student in life sciences is runner-up in national competition

September 5 2006

A doctoral student in life sciences at Indiana State University celebrated completion of his degree in style by being named runner-up in a prestigious award competition at the Animal Behavior Society?s annual meeting.

Vince Formica, who completed his Ph.D. in August, placed second in the Warder Clyde Allee competition at the Society's meeting Aug. 12 - 16 in Snowbird, Utah.

Formica's talk, entitled "Modifying the Landscape through Social Niche Construction," combined molecular ecology, behavioral ecology, remote sensing and geographic information systems. Judges recognized his work as "very novel and forward-thinking."

The student paper competition named in honor of Warner Clyde Allee, an early researcher in animal behavior, involves 12 to 15 students. Because the talks are often an introduction to the most promising young researchers studying animal behavior, the presentations are well attended and widely discussed.

Formica completed his Ph.D. degree under the direction of Elaina Tuttle, ISU associate professor of life sciences. He is now serving as visiting assistant professor of biology at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

Including Formica, Indiana State students made a total of six presentations (two oral and four poster) at the Snowbird conference.

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Contact: Elaina Tuttle, associate professor, life sciences, Indiana State University, (812) 237-8442 or etuttle2@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Vince Formica completed his Ph.D. in life sciences in August and celebrated by being named runner-up in the prestigious Warder Clyde Allee student research presentation at the Animal Behavior Society's annual meeting in Snowbird, Utah.

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