Mena Davidson, Ph.D. Student

Mena working hard in the Yukon

Mena Davidson joined the Dantzer lab as a Ph.D. student in 2018, where she will
be studying behavior and ecology of red squirrels as a part of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project. She is currently most interested in questions about effects of social familiarity and environmental stress on life history and fitness.

Mena first became involved with research during her undergraduate career at Westminster College in Salt Lake City (2012-2015), where she investigated differences in insect communities over urbanization gradients. Since graduating college she has been plotting her return to school, counting insects and brine shrimp for the State of Utah, and training dogs with behavioral issues. When she is not in the field or at school, she is likely spending time with her dogs, hiking, socializing, or making them pose for pictures.

Follow Mena on Twitter @mena_davidson or contact her by email at
mkdavid (AT)