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Data Management Technician - Warren Lab

INTRODUCTION: We are Aaron Grade and Kit Straley, PhD students in Dr. Paige Warren’s lab. We are an urban ecology lab based in the department of Environmental Conservation. We are seeking laboratory technicians in Fall 2018 for two avian urban ecology studies. Aaron‘s study is focused on the effects of perceived predation risk on House Wren nesting biology on an urban gradient. During summer field seasons, Aaron’s crew monitors House Wren nests in nest boxes on private homeowner lands.

Nest Ectoparasite Technician - Warren Lab

INTRODUCTION: We are Aaron Grade and Kit Straley, PhD students in Dr. Paige Warren’s lab. We are an urban ecology lab based in the department of Environmental Conservation. We are seeking laboratory technicians in Fall 2018 for two avian urban ecology studies. Aaron‘s study is focused on the effects of perceived predation risk on House Wren nesting biology on an urban gradient. During summer field seasons, Aaron’s crew monitors House Wren nests in nest boxes on private homeowner lands.

Using zebrafish to understand the developmental origins of disease

The Timme-Laragy lab uses the zebrafish and cell culture to understand how embryonic exposure to pollutants affects embryonic development and later-life health outcomes. We have ongoing projects examining the effects of phthalates, perfluorinated compounds, and PCBs on pancreas and liver development, and are investigating toxicant effects on later-life metabolic diseases. We anchor these morphometric and metabolic outcomes with experiments probing the antioxidant defense system and the Nrf2 signaling pathway.

Mammal Camera Technician - Warren Lab

INTRODUCTION: We are Aaron Grade and Kit Straley, PhD students in Dr. Paige Warren’s lab. We are an urban ecology lab based in the department of Environmental Conservation. We are seeking laboratory technicians in Fall 2018 for two avian urban ecology studies. Aaron‘s study is focused on the effects of perceived predation risk on House Wren nesting biology on an urban gradient. During summer field seasons, Aaron’s crew monitors House Wren nests in nest boxes on private homeowner lands.

Suburban Bird Nest Dissections

Research in the Warren lab focuses on the impacts of urbanization on wildlife. Suburban development changes habitat structure, influences resource availability, and affects wildlife behavior. We are looking for research assistants to contribute to a project on bird nest structure and nesting materials. Nests from multiple bird species were collected from suburban forest fragments around Amherst as well as the Montague Sandplains. Nest dissection assistants will be responsible for dissecting bird nests and identifying and weighing their component materials.

Bird TV-Behavioral Analysis of Nesting Songbirds

Research in the Warren lab focuses on the impacts of urbanization on wildlife. 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. We are looking for research assistants to contribute to a project on parental behavior of songbirds at the nest, utilizing previously recorded video footage of nesting Wood Thrushes and House Wrens.

Cownose Ray Population Genetic Connectivity

Project Description: Our primary goal is to determine geographic connectivity of the Western Atlantic cownose ray population, with hopes to extend the research to evaluate the size of the (sub)population that visits Chesapeake Bay annually to reproduce. Cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) are migratory stingrays that are close relatives of manta and devil rays. They visit estuaries spanning the Eastern coast of the US to give birth and mate each summer; during this time, they are often caught in commercial fishery nets and hunted for sport by bowfishermen with little to no regulations.

Behavior, structure, and physiology of adult flies

My lab. focuses on 3 species of flies: House fly, common blowfly, and the spotted winged Drosophila. Respectively, all 3 are important with respect to food safety issues, modeling of food intake, and major destructive pest of small fruits worldwide. Currently there are 8 undergrads in my lab. doing various projects with adult flies and a salivary gland virus of house fly adults. These students have been with my lab. now for about 1-2 years depending on the student. We raise the flies in an insectary adjacent to the research lab.

RNA-Seq Analysis of in vitro Transcription

RNA therapeutics are on the verge of impacting human health in dramatic ways. From gene replacement therapies, to regulating the dis-regulated, RNA can not only control the cell, but can encode proteins (for example, wild type, to replace mutant). However, the field is being held back by unexpected challenges in the delivered RNA (primarily an immune response from contaminant RNA structures within the RNA). We are studying those unexpected RNAs, characterizing them and coming up with solutions to overcome the barriers.

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