MS student Jocelyn McDonald received a research grant from the Illinois State Academy of Science to study the effects of two commonly used pesticides on ectoparasite infestation in starling nests. The
findings from the study will help determine the best method for
experimentally limiting nest infestation without producing unintended
consequences in developing nestlings. Nice job Jocelyn!
Jocelyn McDonald has
joined the lab as a new MS student. Jocelyn, who received her BS degree from
ISU, will be studying the effects of ectoparasites on developmental plasticity
in songbird nestlings. Welcome to the graduate program Jocelyn!
On 14 August, Leah Pryor MS had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Zoology. The manuscript, titled
Ectoparasites as developmental stressors: effects on somatic
and physiological development is the second from Leah's thesis research. See her first paper here.
On 10 August, MS student Aderinsola Odetunde successfully defended her thesis titled Effects of parasitism and mite control methods on European starling development. Derin is leaving the lab to begin her medical school training. Good luck Derin.
On 22 June, MS student Amanda Smith defended her thesis titled Real-time
monitoring of electrically catecholamine signals in the songbird
striatum using in vivo fast-scan cyclic voltammetry. A paper based on her findings recently appeared in the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy.
Congratulations on completing your degree Amanda.
On 24 March, MS student Cody Sholtens presented a poster highlighting research involving real-time monitoring of DA release in the striatum of urethane-anesthetized European starlings in response to social vocalizations. Although the findings were preliminary, they generated a lot of excitement. Cody even "dressed up" for the presentation.
On 7 January, MS student Aderinsola Odetunde presented some of her thesis research at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, in New Orleans, LA. Her presentation, Quit buggin’ me: The effects of ectoparasite control methods on mite load and nestling phenotypes attracted positive attention. A portion of Derin's travel expenses were covered by a national Phi Sigma travel grant. Congtratualations to Derin for the grant award and her presentation.
On 10 November, undergraduate research assistant Colleen Quinn participated in the ISU Biological Sciences Student Association's first annual Student Research Symposium. She presented a scientific poster based on research she helped conduct during the summer and fall of 2016. The poster, titled Does blood loss explain ectoparasite-induced developmental trade-offs in nestlngs?, was well attended. Nicely done Colleen!
On 1 November, MS student Aderinsola Odetunde
presented her final MS thesis seminar titled
Effects of Parasitism and Mite Control Methods on European
Starling Development at the weekly Integrative Biology Research Seminar. Derin will be defending her MS thesis inthe spring.
On 30 August, MS student Cody Scholtens presented an update on his MS thesis research at the weekly Integrative Biology Research Seminar. His talk was titled Investigating Mesolimbic Dopamine and its Role in Social Behavior in the European Starling. He obeyed the first rule of the lab, he did not embarass us.
MS student Aderinsola Odetunde received a research grant from the Illinois Ornithological Society to study the effects of blood-feeding ectoparasites on developmental trade-offs in nestlings. Be on the lookout for an article summarizing her research in an upcoming issue of the IOS journal, The Meadowlark. Nice job Derin!
MS student Cody Scholtens recieved a Grant-in-aid of resarch from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. The grant provides funding for Cody's research on real-time monitoring of dopamine burst firing in the brain in response to various starling communication signals. Props to Cody!
MS student Aderinsola Odetunde's research was presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, at the University of Western Ontario, in London, ON. Her poster titled Does blood loss explain ectoparasite-induced changes in nestling development? was well received.