Angela Pitera on bird social behavior

Angela Pitera on bird social behavior

Angela Pitera is a 6th year PhD candidate in the Pravosudov Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno where she studies animal social behavior and spatial cognition in wild birds. In addition to research, she loves teaching and began in 2012 as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. She has taught zoology and field ornithology and now teaches mammalogy and animal behavior at UNR.

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Data Nuggets: Angela’s lab mate Carrie Branch at the University of Nevada, Reno, designed this Data Nuggets lesson for students to further study mountain chickadees.

University of Nevada, Reno’s Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology Lab

Check out the website for the Pravusudov Lab at UNR where Anglea Pitera conducted all her PhD research! You can learn more about their work as well as find resources that can be used for high school students to create a project of their own.

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Katie Strain on invasive grasses

Katie Strain on invasive grasses

For centuries, grass species have been transported around the globe. In this talk, Katie Strain investigates the ecological impacts of two non-native invasive grasses. Katie is a plant ecologist and Ph.D. student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is interested in understanding how disturbances such as wildfire, species invasion, and climate change influence plant community assembly within an ecosystem.

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Abby Miller on infectious disease in amphibians

Abby Miller on infectious disease in amphibians

Abby Miller is a first year graduate student in the Voyles lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research centers on wildlife infectious disease, particularly in regard to frogs and amphibians. She joins us here to share more on her work with host-pathogen interactions in amphibians.

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Cassandra Hui on genetics and the circadian rhythm

Cassandra Hui on genetics and the circadian rhythm

This week’s talk discusses the genetic and molecular details involved in researching the circadian rhythm through a model organism: the fruit fly. Presenter Cassandra Hui studied Biology, Sociology, and Psychology at Bridgewater College in Virginia, then relocated to Nevada in 2019 where she currently researches circadian rhythms and sleep as a neuroscience Ph.D. student at the University of Nevada, Reno.

*Note: due to the advanced and complex discussion of genetics, this talk is more suited for a High School audience. 

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Tanner Dulay on the evolution of salamanders

Tanner Dulay on the evolution of salamanders

Tanner Dulay is a PhD student at UCLA where he combines mathematical models and experiments to try to understand what makes complex ecosystems stable. He previously studied the behavior and evolution of salamanders, then helped with a project to predict how climate change will affect plants and animals in California. Along the way he became fascinated with how we can use math to make sense of the ways that organisms interact in nature. In this talk he details how ecologists have used simple clay models to find out how a common backyard salamander is evolving right before our eyes.

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