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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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Colby heads to the field

Aided by some faithful assistants, Colby collected “white” and “common” sticklebacks in Nova Scotia to bring to the lab to study. So called “white” sticklebacks do not provide care for their offspring, while “commons” do!