Graduate Achievement Award
Yuta Kawarasaki, Zoology, "Survival and Energetic Costs of Repeated Cold Exposure in the Antarctic Midge, Beligica Antarctica: A Comparison Between Frozen and Supercooled Larvae"
Yuta Kawarasaki, a doctoral student in the Department of Zoology, has been awarded a Graduate Achievement Award in the amount of $100 for his contribution to the work "Survival and Energetic Costs of Repeated Cold Exposure in the Antarctic Midge, Beligica Antarctica: A Comparison Between Frozen and Supercooled Larvae." The work was published in the Journal of Experimental Biology and was completed in collaboration with Nicholas M. Teets, a graduate student from the Ohio State University, under the guidance of research advisors Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. David Denlinger. The study's publication contributes to an understanding of how global climate change could affect the unique species of flightless midge insect, Beligica Antarctica, the southernmost free-living insect species and the only true insect species endemic to Antarctica.
This is the second Graduate Achievement Award earned by Kawarasaki, whose previous presentation "Rapid Cold-Hardening Protects Against Cold-Induced Apoptosis: Overview" won the Best Poster Presentation Award at the Third International Symposium on the Environmental Physiology of Ectotherms and Plans. Kawarasaki plans to complete his doctoral program in the spring of 2013 and will continue research at the Palmer Station in Antarctica for five months beginning in February 2012.