Integrative Biology Grad Students Recieve Local and National Awards



The graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology have been raking in the awards this semester! Students have recieved recognition from diverse funding agencies at both local and national levels. Congratulations on all of your accolades! Integrative Biol Logo
Medhavi Ambardar and her advisor, Dr. Jennifer Grindstaff, received a prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for $18,750. They will use eastern bluebirds to explore how behavior and physiology, particularly testosterone production, impact telomere length, a trait that is important for longevity. Congratulations Medhavi! Medhavi2014a
Danielle Perryma, a graduate student in the Grindstaff lab, received a Howard McCarley Student Research Award of $1000 from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists and an OSU Women’s Faculty Council Research Award of $500. Both of these awards will support her research on the effects of supplemental feeding on the reproductive success and physiology of Eastern Bluebirds. Congratulations Danielle! Danielle pic
Justin Agan, a graduate student in the Fox lab, has been awarded an Honorable Mention for his application for the 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. His research investigates whether sexual selection plays an important role in collared lizard fitness. Specifically, he is investigating how sexual selection can act on an individual prior to reaching reproductive maturity. Congratulations Justin! Justin Agan
PhD student Cassondra Walker, advised by Dr. Monica PapeĊŸ, was selected as one of the USFWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows for summer 2015. Cassondra will work with staff at Sequoia National Wildlife Refuge (OK) to analyze 20 years of bird banding data. The main goal of the study is to make habitat management recommendations for five species of concern: Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii), Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa), Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea), and Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus). Congratulations Cassondra! cassandra
PhD student Ashley Love, advised by Dr. Sarah DuRant, recieved a $2500 American Ornithological Union Grant. Ashley is investigating how changes in maternal physiology and behavior impact offspring variation in immune responses and ultimately, offspring susceptibility to infectious agents Congratulations Ashley! ALove sparrows