Sarah Westrick, Ph.D. Student

 

Sarah with a red squirrel pup in the Yukon

Sarah Westrick is a behavioral ecologist interested in integrative methods to understand the influence of the early life environment on animal behavior and physiology. Her research in the Dantzer Lab focuses on the influence of mothers on offspring behavior and neuroendocrine mechanisms. Mammalian mothers, in particular, play a large part in the early life environment of their offspring. Sarah is asking questions about variation in how mothers care for their pups and what that variation means for the growth rate, behavior, stress hormone axis, and survival of her pups. With the Kluane Red Squirrel Project, she is able to track known offspring of mothers throughout their development.

Sarah joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in 2015. Sarah’s interest in research started at Colorado State University where she received her BS in Zoology and Biology. At CSU, Sarah participated in animal behavior and life history research as part of the amazing group of researchers in the guppy lab. Outside of the lab/field, she can be found perfecting pie recipes, strapping on snowshoes, knitting everyone’s holiday presents, hoarding books, and annoying her brother.

Visit Sarah’s Website, follow her on Twitter @sewestrick, or contact her westse (AT) umich.edu