Guest Speaker for Research STEM Boot Camp

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker for the Fall 2017 Research STEM Boot Camp at Indiana University. This program is sponsored by the Groups Scholars Program and the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program and is designed to aid current undergraduate students in publishing and presenting their research at conferences….

Book Chapter Published in Encyclopedia of Reproduction

In collaboration with Kiran Soma and Cecilia Jalabert at the University of British Columbia, Greg and I wrote a book chapter on aggressive behavior for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Reproduction. This book chapter is my first publication as a Ph.D. student in Greg’s lab! A link for the chapter can be found under…

2017 Foundations in Science and Mathematics Program

This July, I instructed a two-week summer Zoology course through Indiana University’s Foundations in Science and Mathematics (FSM) program. This program is designed to prepare local middle and high school students for upcoming courses in math and the sciences. I had a great time interacting with my students and teaching them about animals! For more…

Trip to the University of British Columbia

For two weeks, I had the privilege of traveling to Vancouver to learn techniques in steroid extraction and LC-MS in Kiran Soma’s lab at the University of British Columbia! In collaboration with Kiran’s lab, I am comparing neurosteroid concentrations in brain nuclei associated with aggression and reproduction in male Siberian hamsters.

Kat Presents at ABC 2017

On April 7, I had the pleasure of presenting a poster on my masters research at the 2017 Animal Behavior Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. This annual conference is planned and sponsored by the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) at Indiana University.

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,…