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Spiders, Worms, and Pillbugs – Oh My! Sorting Leaf Litter Invertebrates

Suburban development changes habitat structure, influences resource availability, and affects wildlife behavior. As food availability in a habitat changes, animals must make foraging decisions to optimize the use of their time and energy while still avoiding predator detection. I am seeking volunteer undergraduate research assistants for Fall 2016 to assist me with my PhD research on food availability in suburban forest habitats and its effect on the behaviors of Wood Thrushes and Gray Catbirds rearing chicks.

Bird TV? Behavioral Analysis of Nesting Songbirds from NestCam Footage

Suburban development changes habitat structure, influences resource availability, and affects wildlife behavior. As food availability in a habitat changes, animals must make foraging decisions to optimize the use of their time and energy while still avoiding predator detection. I am seeking volunteer undergraduate research assistants for Fall 2016 to assist me with my PhD research on food availability in suburban forest habitats and its effect on the behaviors of Wood Thrushes and Gray Catbirds rearing chicks.

Zebrafish Neurobiology: Fluorescent transgenics and brain development

The Karlstrom Lab investigates the formation and growth of the ventral forebrain in the zebrafish. We have created/collected a large number of transgenic lines that allow us to 1) document gene expression domains in the brain and 2) study how cell-cell signaling systems control forebrain development and growth. This entry-level undergraduate project is to work with a graduate student to maintain these zebrafish transgenic lines and use fluorescence microscopy to examine gene expression patterns in the brain.

iPads and Children's Attention Networks (iCAN)

This project, iPads and Children’s Attention Networks (iCAN), will examine the ways in which young children's attention can be affected by tablet play in comparison to regular toy play. We are seeking RAs to help recruit participants, run the experiment, and enter collected data. New RAs will be trained in recruitment processes, procedures for running participants, SPSS statistical software analyses, and electrophysiological data (i.e., EEG) collection and analyses.

Prerequisites:
Psych 100, Psych 240, and Psych 241 (or equivalent courses)
3.5 GPA

Exploring the Diversity of Wood-warbler Singing

Birds of many species in the wood-warbler family use their songs in especially interesting ways. For example, their songs fall into two categories, and the two kinds of songs are used in different contexts, vary over time and space in different ways, and have different functions in communication. However, although many species in the family share this two-tiered singing system, species differ in the sizes of their song repertoires, how the difference between the two categories is encoded, how song form varies within a population, how songs change over time, and so on.

Designing genetic markers to identify Brachypodium species

Brachypodium distachyon is a premier model species for biologists working with grasses. However, B. distachyon is difficult to distinguish morphologically from two other species: B. staceii and the hybrid tetraploid, B. hybridum. This has made expanding the breadth of B. distachyon collections from the wild very difficult, hindering the development of resources for this species. Professors Caicedo (Biology), Hazen (Biology) and Tyler (BMB) have a large collection of Brachypodium spp.

Armored scale insects: DNA and microscope slide preparation

Our laboratory uses DNA sequences and morphological characters to investigate the diversity, evolution and ecology of armored scale insects (class Insecta: order Hemiptera: family Diaspididae), especially in tropical rainforests. Paid lab assistantships are available for students to prepare DNA and microscope slide mounts from individual armored scale insect specimens. For advanced students, independent research projects are also possible.

Analyzing Bird Claw Structure and Modularity

The Dumont lab focuses on the study of comparative morphology in extant and extinct animals. I am currently collaborating on research on bird ungual bone and keratinous sheath morphology and their potential integration using modularity analyses. As part of this project, I will be examining bird claws using both traditional arc length measurements, which were first introduced in the early 1990s, and comparing them with modern geometric morphometric analyses.

Analyzing Fossil Asymmetry

The Dumont lab focuses on the study of comparative morphology in extant and extinct animals. My research has focused largely on geometric morphometrics and the application of geometric morphometrics to the fossil record. During the process of fossilization, bones undergo breakage and plastic deformation. This plastic deformation changes the shape that the animal’s bones had during life. Geometric morphometrics is a technique for quantitatively measuring of shape and is an excellent tool for analyzing shape change within and between organisms.

Feeding Behavior of Stable Flies

Join a research group that is interested in better understanding the physiology of stable flies, blow flies, house flies and Drosophila. Currently we are investigating various aspects of feeding behavior as it relates to a special organ known as the crop. This organ is essential in controlling short term and long term feeding, as well as helping regulate the fly’s blood sugar levels. Because of this, this organ is especially important in current studies related to human diabetes.

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