2006 REU Projects

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Abdolahi, Mina (University of Virginia). Mentors: Patrice Ludwig and Henry Wilbur (University of Virginia). The effect of density on habitat selection among forked fungus beetles (Bolitotherus cornutus). 

Addo, Jennifer (The College of New Jersey). Mentor: Tami Ransom (University of Virginia). Salamanders and beetles: Intertaxa cover object competition.

Ainsworth, Krystle (Spelman College). Mentor: Nicki Gerlach and Ellen Ketterson (Indiana University). Does elevated levels testosterone in the female dark-eyed junco have an effect on the immune system of her nestlings? 

Armstrong, Joanna (DeSales University). Mentor: Volker Rudolf (University of Virginia). Cannibalism: The ultimate food web twist.

Houdek, Becky (University of Minnesota, Morris). Mentor: Sara Schrock and Ellen Ketterson (Indiana University). The effects of kisspeptin on sexual behavior in male dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis).

Khan, Amy (Saint Olaf College). Mentor: Eric Nagy (University of Virginia). A measurement of fitness in the woodfern genus Dryopteris within a hybrid zone.

Long, Jessica (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Mentors: Henry Wilbur and Becky Wilbur (University of Virginia). Community change resulting from the hemlock wooly adelgid. 

Reichard, Dustin (Saint Mary's College of Maryland). Mentor: Dawn O'Neal (Indiana University). Testosterone and female parental care in dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis): Behavioral insensitivity or evolutionary constraint? 

Roberts, Alexandre (Princeton University). Mentor: Eric Liebgold (University of Virginia). The effects of perceived mortality risk on above-ground habitat selection in a terrestrial salamander.

Roe, Andrew (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Mentor: Kristine Grayson (University of Virginia). Terrestrial movement patterns of adult eastern red spotted newts, Notophthalmus viridescens. 

Stutzman, Julia (Bridgewater College). Mentor: Laura Galloway (University of Virginia). Life history trade-offs in Campanulastrum americanum.