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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 left) 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”.

Colby presenting at GEEB 2020.

Colby wins THREE awards at GEEB symposium!

Congratulations to Colby Behrens for winning Students’ Choice, Faculty Choice and Best Overall at the annual GEEB symposium. Colby showed that sticklebacks from a population that does not provide care produce larger clutch sizes, smaller eggs, embryos that develop faster and are more bold as fry relative to sticklebacks from a sympatric caring population. Turns …

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