Tricia Rubi was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology in the Dantzer Lab from 2016-2018. Her primary research explored epigenetic patterns across a northward range expansion in Michigan populations of the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus). Tricia used natural history collections (including historic specimens up to 80 years old!) to characterize spatial and temporal patterns in DNA methylation over the course of the range expansion. Additionally, Tricia worked on projects exploring behavioral traits in range expanding mice and maternal effects on methylation profiles in red squirrels. We closely collaborated with the Lacey Knowles lab on all this research and their expertise and insight were invaluable. Prior to joining the Dantzer Lab, Tricia completed a BS at the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in the Stephens Lab, where her thesis focused on complex communication and receiver strategies. Her long-term research goal is to integrate diverse experimental approaches (molecular ecology, behavioral studies, etc.) to better understand animal behavior.
Visit her website or contact her at trubi (AT) umich.edu