During the summer of 2015 two graduate students and an undergraduate worked on researcy projects with the help of fellowships from the Natural History Collections.
Andrew Smith traveled to the Museum of Comparative Zoology in Boston and to Chicago to collect data for his doctoral thesis for the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program. He measures jawbones of mammals from widely differing evolutionary lines in order to explore the questions of convergence and adaptation in their history. He is a student of Professor Betsy Dumont. Here is his report.
Amy Strauss recorded male song sparrows singing in order to study the question of how they perceive distance in locating other males. How they locate by direction, both horizontal and vertical, is better known. Amy is a student of Professor Jeff Podos. Here is her report.