Lisa, Wesley, and Matt go to check a mist net

Meg testing out a snake decoy for use in a simulated predator intrusion

Erin and Anne measuring nestling bluebirds

Mentoring young scientists has been one of my favorite parts of my graduate experience. Below are some of the projects we have worked on.

 

Erin Reynolds (Undergraduate Research Problems) Summer 2014 – Fall 2014.

Project: Is flight initiation distance an indicator of parental care in eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis)? Presented poster at Karen L. Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium, 5 December 2014.

(Erin won first place for her poster at the research symposium!)

Anne Sabol (NSF REU; The Ohio State University, home institution) Summer 2014

Project: Brood size manipulation affects plumage coloration, but not growth rate of nestling eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis). Presented poster at REU Summer Research Symposium, 25 July 2014.

(Anne has also presented this research at SICB. She recently started her PhD at the University of Michigan!)

Susan Gleason (Undergraduate Research Problems) Summer 2013 – Spring 2014.

Project 1: Parental care and aggression in eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis). Presented poster at Karen L. Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium, Fall 2013

Project 2: The effects of temperature and precipitation on wintering Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) populations in Stillwater, Oklahom. Presented poster at Karen L. Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium, Spring 2014.

(Susan is currently in vet school at Oklahoma State University!)

Meghan Hennessey (NSF REU; Earlham College, home institution) Summer 2013.

Project: The effects of testosterone on patterns and intensity of nest defense in eastern bluebirds. Presented poster at REU Summer Research Symposium, 26 July 2013.

(Meg is working as an environmental scientist in New Mexico!)

 

Wesley Grissom (Undergraduate Research Problems) Summer and Fall 2012.

Project: The effects of localized food availability on reproductive success in eastern bluebirds (Sialis sialis). Presented poster at Karen L. Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium, 30 November 2012.

(Wesley is working at a local animal shelter, enjoying the outdoors, and caring for many animals!)

Lisa Barrett (NSF REU; University of Michigan, home institution) Summer 2012.

Project: Parental care is related to nestling feather coloration in eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis). Presented poster at REU Summer Research Symposium, 27 July 2012.

(Lisa is currently working on her PhD at the University of Wyoming!)

 

Chandler White (Undergraduate Research Problems) Spring 2012.

Project: Feather coloration in eastern bluebird nestlings.

(Chandler received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from OSU!)