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Looking for postdocs to join the lab!

The Bell lab is looking for postdocs to work on genomic, molecular and/or neural mechanisms of paternal care in threespine sticklebacks. Candidates with experience in single cell transcriptomics, brain injections, functional manipulations, and/or viral-mediated delivery of transgenic constructs are especially encouraged to apply. A strong background in neurobiology, molecular biology, genomics, behavioral ecology and/or evolution …

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Colby, Kevin and Meghan participate in the GEEB symposium

The Bell lab was well-represented at the 23rd Annual GEEB Symposium. Colby gave a great talk about divergence in courtship behavior between whites and commons. Kevin showed that behavioral differences between whites and commons emerge early in life: juvenile whites are more active and bold and appear to shoal less than commons. And Kevin took …

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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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