June 8, 2009
A Texas Tech University graduate student received the 2009 Wilks Award from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists for her presentation examining complex evolutionary relationships between mice in Guatemala and southern Mexico.
Nicté Ordóñez-Garza’s research titled “Phenotypic and Genetic Concordance in Three Species of Central American Peromyscus (Rodentia, Cricetidae)” focused on differences of body structure and mitochondrial DNA based on geographic location of the mice.
Ordóñez-Garza’s research suggests that previous studies involving the studied mice and their evolutionary relationships was incorrect. Some of the mice she used in her research are considered threatened or endangered giving this research significant importance.
The award was announced in April at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, in Monterrey, Mexico by the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, an international association founded to promote the field study of plants and animals in the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.
CONTACT: Nicté Ordóñez-Garza, graduate student, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, email@example.com.