Undergraduates Elizabeth Rono and Twyla Gross, from Dr. Matthew Smith's lab, are starting the second generation of a Leopard gecko project examining the potential effects of global climate change on a species with temperature-sex determination (TSD). The last juvenile of the first year of breeding hatched out August and Elizabeth presented the first year of egg data at the NDSU EXPLORE conference in April.
The Greives lab’s research increases understanding of how animals respond to both environmental and internal cues that influence changes in their physiology and behavior to promote reproductive success. This previous spring Michelle Eshleman (MS student) and Esther Morales-Vega (PhD student) completed a successful field season investigating the relationship between migration distance, physiological measures, and reproductive fitness of red-winged blackbirds in collaboration with the USDA. Holland Galante (PhD student) completed her first field season investigating reproductive hormone levels, daily behavioral rhythms, and reproductive success of great tits in Seewiesen, Germany as part of an NSF funded project in collaboration with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology. Lab members presented their work at many conferences including those hosted by the American Ornithological Society, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, and the National Sunflower Association. In our local community, our lab provided demonstrations to Minnesota State University Moorhead students on how to mist net, safely handle, band, and take measurements from songbirds at Buffalo River State Park. Lab members are also involved with volunteering for the Bring a Scientist to School program in which they share their research with local fifth grade students.