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Elizabeth S. Davenport wins the William A. Mould Thesis Award

Elizabeth S. Davenport has been named the winner of the William A. Mould Award by the South Carolina Honors College. William A. Mould was the founding Dean of the SCHC and a strong proponent of the senior thesis requirement. Each year, the award is given to recognize the research, creativity, and impact of the best honors thesis submitted to the SCHC. Davenport completed her thesis, “The Temperature-Dependent Effects of Spontaneous Mutations on Life-History Traits,” in the lab of Biology professor Jeff Dudycha with the help of more than 100,000 individuals of the microcrustacean species Daphnia pulex. Her thesis juxtaposed evolutionary biology, genetics, and climate change, testing whether mutations have more negative effects on fitness when expressed in warmer environments. She will be continuing her studies of evolutionary biology using Daphnia this coming Fall as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Congrats Libby!

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