SICB grad student Maggie Jones was kind enough to highlight ongoing work in the lab on the effects of lead on song learning.
Territorial aggression in urban and rural Song Sparrows is correlated with corticosterone, but not testosterone
Corticosterone, not testosterone, was related to territorial aggression in our populations of song sparrows! In a new paper by lead author Scott Davies (now at Quinnipiac University) and collaborator Michelle Beck we found that...
It's a busy summer in the lab with Tessa Metz, Cristina Nardini (MAOP Fellow), Tommy McCabe, Michelle Beck (collaborator from U Mass Lowell), Valerie Brewer (HHMI Fellow), and Sam Lane (PhD student; back row left to right) working on wild song sparrows and captive zebra finches!
Collaborators Çağlar Akçay and Michelle Beck are studying animal communication using model sparrows. A true union of art, technology, and science!
Three undergraduate lab members got their degrees this past weekend. Congratulations to Neil Huckstep, Tessa Metz, and Maggie Caruso!!!