Rotation in Demas Lab

This past week, I started my second rotation in the lab of Dr. Greg Demas. For my rotation project, I will be examining the effect of melatonin on the development of aggression in male Siberian hamsters, Phodopus sungorus. Greg and one of his previous Ph.D. students, Nikki Rendon, recently published several papers exploring the neuroendocrine mechanisms…

Rotation in Smith Lab

I am more than halfway through the first semester of my Ph.D. at Indiana University! This fall, I have been doing a rotation in the lab of Dr. Troy Smith. As part of my rotation project, I am investigating the molecular basis of differences in electrocommunication signals between two species of weakly electric fish: the brown ghost…

Intertidal Snail Temperature and Desiccation Tolerance Paper Published in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

My collaborator, Bill Stickle’s, manuscript on temperature and desiccation tolerance in intertidal snails in Southeast Alaska has been accepted into the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology!  This set of experiments was conducted last summer during my trip to Juneau, Alaska.  A link for this manuscript can be found under the “Publications” page and can also…

Indiana Bound

I am excited to announce that I was recently accepted into the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate program at Indiana University! I will be attending Indiana University starting in the fall, where I will working with a renowned group of animal behaviorists as part of one of the top EEB programs in the country. I…

Intestinal Physiology Paper Published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

A manuscript that includes the last year of my undergraduate research on the effect of increased temperature on calcium carbonate secretion in the Gulf toadfish, Opsanus beta, has been published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. This paper was the result of a wonderful collaboration with my friend Rachael Heuer and my undergraduate advisor, Martin Grosell,…

Guest Lecture at the University of Washington

On the way back from my trip to Juneau, Alaska, I was invited to give a guest lecture for a Survey of Physiology course in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. My talk was entitled, “Renal Physiology: Model Organisms and Associated Human Diseases.” Featured image: aerial view of the University of Washington…

Off to Alaska!

This past summer, I had the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for the Marine Biology in Alaska program, a study abroad program that is run through the LSU Department of Biological Sciences. I spent an amazing three weeks teaching and doing intertidal snail research up with Dr. Bill Stickle up in Juneau, Alaska. It…

Kat Presents at 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

This year, I was invited to present a poster at the 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium, a division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries! I received a university grant from the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission for the 2014-2015 academic year, and this poster presentation displayed my findings from the research I was able to…

Kat Presents at APS 2014

My advisor Fern and I traveled to San Diego, California to attend the 2014 American Physiological Society Meeting: Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology, my first major conference of graduate school! Here, I presented a poster entitled, “The Roles of Glutamate and Putrescine in GABA Synthesis in Fundulus heteroclitus during Osmotic Stress.”