People

Dantzer Lab Photo Fall 2015

Principal Investigator

Ben Dantzer

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Sarah Guindre-Parker (NSERC PDF, 2017-present)

Tricia Rubi (NSF PDF, 2016-present)

Freya van Kesteren (2015-2017)

 

Graduate Students

Mena Davidson (2018-present)

Anne Sabol (2016-present)

Sarah Westrick (2015-present)

 

Postgraduate Students

Aura Raulo (University of Helsinki, 2014-2016)

Aura was a post-graduate student from the University of Helsinki and visited the research group while it was based in Cambridge and then at the University of Michigan. She completed a literature analysis project about the physiological mechanisms underlying variation in the expression of social behavior (Raulo & Dantzer 2018, Ecology & Evolution). She is now a Ph.D. student at Oxford University.

 

Undergraduate Students

Zainab Almusawi (September 2015 to April 2017)

Zainab helped us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel fecal samples.

Ani Annadata (September 2015 to January 2016)

Ani assisted us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces. He’s now in medical school.

Bailey Balinski (September 2015 to May 2016)

Bailey helped coordinate a new project we started about the fox squirrels on the campus of the University of Michigan (https://twitter.com/umichsquirrels)

Sam Bower (September 2015 to August 2017)

Sam helped us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces.

Mark Castaneda (January 2018 to present)

Mark is helping us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces

Erica DesJardins (September 2015 to May 2016)

Erica helped coordinate a new project we started about the fox squirrels on the campus of the University of Michigan (https://twitter.com/umichsquirrels)

Alex Geiger (September 2017 to present)

Alex is coordinating our work to measure stress hormones in hair.

Anam Khan (September 2015 to May 2016)

Anam helped us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrels feces.

Berkley Lafreniere (August 2014 to May 2015)

Berkley completed a data analysis project about how ecological factors affect the tolerance of socially dominant meerkats for socially subordinate individuals.

Matt Mallozi (September 2016 to April 2017)

Matt helped us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces.

Meg Ryan (September 2015 to present)

Meg is helping us on a project to help us understand how prenatal stress affects animal personality in red squirrels.

Matt Sehrsweeney (May 2016 to present)

Matt is conducting a survey to better understand the community relations between the Kluane Red Squirrel Project and the local community in the Yukon. Matt is also the head field technician for the Kluane Red Squirrel Project in Summer 2017 and is in the process of publishing is honors thesis project about red squirrel vocalizations.

Brittany Tang (August 2014 to December 2015)

Brittany completed a literature analysis project and laboratory analyses about the association between maternal stress hormone levels and offspring fitness.

Abigail Vallie (October 2015 to April 2017)

Abigail is helping us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces.

Caleb Vogt (August 2014 to May 2015)

Caleb worked on the physiological causes of variation in red squirrel personalities.

Taylor Weeks (January 2016 to September 2016)

Taylor is conducting a meta-analysis on the effects of stress on glucocorticoid receptor expression.

Melanie Wellstein (August 2014 to May 2015)

Melanie completed a literature analysis project and laboratory analyses about the association between  stress hormone levels and fitness.

Field Technicians

Field technicians are an incredibly important part of my research projects. Below is a list of field technicians for each project and their last known whereabouts.

Kluane Red Squirrel Project:

Frances Stewart (2010) – Ph.D. Student at Univ. Victoria

Stacie Evans (2012) – Living/working in Haines, AK

Dylan Pond (2012)  – MSc. Student at Univ. Manitoba

Monica Cooper (2015) – Applying for graduate school programs in biology.

Sam Sonnega (2015) –  Now a MSc. student at Trent University

Sean Konkolics (2016) – Now a MSc. student at the University of Alberta

Claire Hoffmann (2016) – Now a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University

Matt Sehrsweeney (2016, 2017) – In the Americorps and looking for graduate programs

Zach Fogel (2016, 2017) – Currently working field technician jobs

Laura Porter (2017) – Currently working field technician jobs

Noah Israel (2017-2018) – Working hard in the Yukon but this time on hares

Alex Hare (2018)

Coral Frenette-Ling (2018)

Austin Rife (2018)

Peromyscus Project:

Greg Pandelis (2016) – Undergrad at Univ Michigan

Abbie Bristol (2017) – NSF REU at UMBS

Kalahari Meerkat Project:

Seriously too many to list…