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UResearch students have made the following discoveries:

  • Lower physiological response to stress in female mice with regenerative ability (Acomys) is associated with higher rates of wound healing. The opposite is true for males of the same species (Bailey Gensheimer).
  • Female mice with more male-like anatomical characters have lower wound healing rates compared to females with more female-typical features (Bailey Gensheimer).
  • ​​Women with male-like anatomical characters are more likely to major in male-dominated fields, such as engineering and math than women with more female-typical features (Dawn Musil).
  • Exposure to predation risk during egg development enhances offspring survival in spiders (Andrea Kautz and Jaime Lizskowski).
  • Female spiders are better able to avoid predators than males presumably because of higher reproductive cost to the females (Andrea Kautz and Jaime Lizskowski).
  • Aggressive and dominant behaviors significantly increase in male crickets if predator cues are present (Becky Fehn).
  • Hunger drive is sufficient to induce bodily harm to conspecifics when access to food is hindered by predators (Becky Fehn).
  • Beetles feign death longer in cold temperatures under predation risk, presumably because of the higher risk of capture under such conditions for cold-blooded animals
  • ( Brittany Coovert and Madison Stuhlreyer).

Further information on student discoveries can be found in research abstracts below:

Are Bonobos Really Peace Loving? A Study with Captive Populations

Strategic Allogrooming of Captive Bonobos

Stress and wound healing in the spiny mouse, Acomys *Denman 4th Prize Winner *

Do beetles play possum? Cowpea weevils feign death under predation risk in cold temperatures

Aggression and mating success in the fruit fly, Drosophila serrata

Disruptions in Dental Growth in the Bonobo, Pan paniscus : Implications
 for Conservation

New Tools for Quantifying Textbook Design for Biology Education *Denman 1st Prize Winner *

The effect of chronic restraint- stress on reproductive outcome in the wolf spider, Schizocosa ocreata

A transgenerational maternal effect on offspring predator avoidance

Food or safety? The determinants of aggressive behavior in the house cricket, Acheta domesticus

The effect of limb regeneration on functional lateralization in arthropods

The Prevalence of Periodontal Disease among Children and Adolescents: Biological and Social Indicators