Monday, September 14, 2015

Abouheif Lab celebrates its 50th publication!

After 12 years @ McGill we hit our 50th!

Its hard to describe the feeling really, it seems like one is running on a trend mill publishing one paper after another, until you lift up your head one day, and realize, wow - I hit 50! I realized this as I had to submit an updated version of my CV, and decided to number my publications. That when I realized we hit a milestone for the Abouheif lab ...

Each publication has it unique flavour and challenges though, and they the experience in publishing each one is etched in my head. I occasionally go back and re-read my papers, and like smelling a scent that reminds you of a particular person, event, or place, each paper brings back memories. I remember, for example, laughing uncontrollably with Marcos Nahmad, my first graduate student (now Professor at UNAM in Mexico!), while trying to express a tongue-twisting thought involving multiple feedback loops. I also remember my discussions with my former postdoc Abderrahman Khila (now a CNRRS Group Leader in Lyon France!) trying to gesture how water striders wrap their legs around their bodies at the Castel Cafe on Sherbrooke, only to realize it looked like we were insulting people with our gestures! And there many more stories I could tell. Each paper is truly an an intellectual journey and a personal adventure with my students. I am lucky to be in science and experience these journeys and adventures...

So on the occasion of this 50th publication, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my Mentors (PhD and Postdoc Advisors) and Students for making it all happen ... Thank you!

And there is no better way to celebrate our 50th publication than with a real bang, it was covered in Science magazine. This paper, all inclusive form start to finish, took us 13 years to publish, so it really is a great milestone in the legacy of the Abouheif Lab ...

The Eco-Evo-Devo of Sky islands: 

A view of one Sky Island by Standing on another

Winged and Wingless Ant Queens of Monomorium emersoni

Former PhD student Marie-Julie Fave collecting 
Monomorium emersoni on the top of a Sky Island