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The lab receives a MIRA award!

The lab’s application for a MIRA award from NIH NIGMS was funded! The MIRA award gives us flexibility to pursue many questions about the evolution of molecular, genetic and neuroendocrine bases of paternal care in sticklebacks.

Cassie Afseth graduates with Highest Distinction in Integrative Biology

Congratulations to Cassie for her fascinating undergraduate distinction project (supervised by Jenn Hellmann) which investigated whether socially-acquired cues can be transmitted across generations. The answer is YES! Stay tuned for the manuscript. For her efforts, Cassie is graduating with Highest Distinction in Integrative Biology. We look forward to continuing to work with Cassie until she …

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New paper by an old team offers insights into transgenerational plasticity from Bayesian models

It was so much fun to work with my PhD advisor Judy Stamps on this new paper just published in Oecologia! Inspired by Laura Stein’s study showing nonadditive effects of personal and paternal information, we wanted to know how the reliability of cues influences our expectations about how an individual should prioritize and integrate cues …

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Bell lab crew summer 2020 makes it work

Under challenging circumstances, a committed team of safety-conscious and Covid-aware workers carried out several behavior projects this summer, primarily focused on studying divergence in parental care behavior between whites and commons. The summer 2020 experimental season was remarkably successful, thanks to Colby Behrens (bottom right) who led the team, assisted by capable Katie Julkowski (lab …

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Individual differences in behavior predict early reversal learning performance in stickleback.

Miles’ newest paper was published in Animal Cognition this month. Miles found that individual differences in behavior were predictive of how well stickleback performed on a reversal learning task, and that these patterns of correlation suggest there are cognitive trade-off between how individuals cope with environmental change/stressors (i.e., coping styles). Proactive individuals that were more …

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Personality traits change after an opportunity to mate

Chloé Monestier’s paper on personality trait development in female sticklebacks was just published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. Early life experience is often thought to be the most important time for personality trait development. But in this paper, Chloé shows that personality traits can continue to change throughout the life …

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Congratulations, Dr. James!

Congratulations to Noelle James for successfully defending her PhD thesis in Neuroscience! Noelle’s thesis is titled, “A multi pronged approach to understanding how genes contribute to social behavior in threespine sticklebacks”.