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Year Thirteen: Patterns in Nature

Ana McCracken
Department of Biology 
Lake Forest College 
Lake Forest, IL 60045


Dear Readers,

For 13 years, Eukaryon has proudly published outstanding work done by students at Lake Forest College. We thank you for celebrating with us another year of our students’ research, academic accomplishments, and classroom scholarship. The 13th edition is the result of extraordinary collaboration by the 2016-2017 editorial board. I am honored to have witnessed every single board member’s dedication to the journal. To each, I thank you for your hard work that gave rise to this edition of our journal. Everyone’s effort has made this year’s journey personally delightful. The board accepted every challenge with grace. On their behalf, I hope you enjoy it.

Our theme, Patterns in Nature, was chosen by the board to bring to you a wide spectrum reflecting student interest. The seeming chaos and tangles of our natural world hide patterns that can be probed by the curious and by scholars. In the next few pages our board and students share some of these patterns with you. One constant pattern in Eukaryon’s schedule is the presence of professor, Dr. Dawn Abt-Perkins. For at least the past decade, Dr. Abt-Perkins has helped Eukaryon hold writing workshops for our incoming members. Articles we’ve enjoyed in the past, and this year is no exception, were written by students who receive her guidance in one-on-one meetings. Dr. Abt-Perkins has helped our natural science students to learn the importance of conveying their ideas efficiently to a wide audience. Some of these articles have been recipients of the ‘Best Feature Article Award’ Eukaryon gives during inauguration every year. We are grateful for her dedication to the journal and for sharing with us her passion for writing. This year we decided to honor Dr. Dawn Abt-Perkins by naming this prestigious award after her name.

To celebrate our theme, we wanted to bring you a speaker who can share with us a story of patterns in nature. The board can’t be more excited to host a professor of our own, Dr. Alexander Shingleton. He will be sharing with us findings from his research using Drosophila. Dr. Shingleton received his bachelor degree in Zoology at St. Peter’s College from the University of Oxford. He went on to receive a PhD in Zoology at Clare College from the University of Cambridge and continued his education as a postdoctoral fellow of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University.

Like many great products, Eukaryon is the collaboration of many individuals. As always, Eukaryon thanks Lake Forest College. I am very grateful to Dr. Ann Maine, our advisor. Dr. Maine gave us her time and advice, which was crucial to solving many challenges. She pushed me to be conscious of my role as custodian for the upcoming board, and she made this entire process more significant and efficient. I would like to thank Dr. Shubihk DebBurman for always contributing to the journal. And thank you to Cory Stevens, Head of Public Services & Collection Development; Nancy Sosna Bohm, Reference and Web Services Librarian; Elizabeth G. Snider, Assistant Director of the Gates Center; and all of our Biology and Environmental Studies professors for investing their time and believing in Eukaryon. Their guidance and support gave the 2016-2017 editorial board and myself a chance to be a part of a legacy.  



Ana McCracken

Editor-in-Chief, Eukaryon, 2016-2017


Eukaryon is published by students at Lake Forest College, who are solely responsible for its content. The views expressed in Eukaryon do not necessarily reflect those of the College.

Articles published within Eukaryon should not be cited in bibliographies. Material contained herein should be treated as personal communication and should be cited as such only with the consent of the author.