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Greetings from Houston!

I am now a Huxley Faculty Fellow in Department of BioSciences at Rice University.

Biology began at Rice in 1912 with the appointment of Julian Huxley as the biology professor. Julian Huxley was the grandson of Thomas H. Huxley, a biologist himself and champion of Charles Darwin. Julian made many important contributions to the fields of ethology, ecology and cancer research, and was a powerful proponent of neo-Darwinism.

His efforts are commemorated by the Huxley Fellows program, in which recent Ph.D. recipients are appointed for 2-3 year (non-tenure) faculty positions in BioSciences. Huxley Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who pursue their own independent research programs in ecology and/or evolution while teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Huxley Fellows do not have an advisor (as a postdoc would), but are expected to collaborate broadly across BioSciences. Huxley Fellows are selected as a result of a competitive application process.