Undergraduate Hannah Busey has been named a 2016-17 Goldwater Scholar, a highly competitive national award recognizing outstanding college sophomores and juniors who have shown great promise in math, science, or engineering.
Busey is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Using horned beetles as a study system, she researches the evolution of head development in insects in Professor Armin Moczek’s lab. Busey plans to earn a doctorate in biology and to conduct research in the field of evolutionary biology.
Busey was also lead author on the research article “Conservation, Innovation, and Bias: Embryonic Segment Boundaries Position Posterior, but Not Anterior, Head Horns in Adult Beetles” in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B Molecular and Developmental Evolution http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jez.b.22682/full
AND, was second author on an article in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London describing a remarkable case of gene co-option underlying evolutionary innovations of the insect head.
IU news release: http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2016/08/cyclops-beetles.shtml