People

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)

 

Ph.D. Students

Anne Sabol (2016-present)

Sarah Westrick (2015-present)

 

Postgraduate Students

Aura Raulo (University of Helsinki, 2014-2016)

Aura visited the research group from the University of Helsinki while it was based in Cambridge and then at Michigan. She is completing a literature analysis project about the physiological mechanisms underlying variation in the expression of social behavior. We are currently in the process of publishing this work. She is now a Ph.D. student at Oxford University.

 

Undergraduate Students

Zainab Almusawi (September 2015-present)

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

Ani Annadata (September 2015-January 2016)

Ani assisted us in the lab to measure hormones in red squirrel feces.

Bailey Balinski (September 2015-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-May 2016)

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

Erica DesJardins (September 2015-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)

Anam Khan (September 2015-May 2016)

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

Berkley Lafreniere (August 2014-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-April 2017)

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

Meg Ryan (September 2015-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-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.

Brittany Tang (August 2014-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-present)

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

Caleb Vogt (August 2014-May 2015)

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

Taylor Weeks (January 2016-present)

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

Melanie Wellstein (August 2014-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) – Undergrad at Univ Michigan

Zach Fogel (2016, 2017) – Undergrad at Univ Michigan

Laura Porter (2017) – Working hard in the Yukon!

Noah Israel (2017) – Working hard in the Yukon!

Peromyscus Project:

Greg Pandelis (2016) – Undergrad at Univ Michigan

Abbie Bristol (2017) – NSF REU at UMBS

Kalahari Meerkat Project:

Seriously too many to list…