Major: Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation
Gwendŵr Meredith gained valuable field experience by assisting with the final project of another animal behavior student. "In this picture I am collecting painted turtles at Musky Bay in Lac Courte Oreilles, Wisconsin, to take morphological measurements, collect fecal samples, and tag for future studies. My role in this project was as field assistant to Beth Reinke, a recent IMP graduate now at Dartmouth."
Gwendŵr's own project focuses on the head-down display of brown-headed cowbirds. "The behavioral significance of this behavior is disputed and my project studies one of the hypotheses that head-down rates increase when new individuals are introduced. My project uses flock manipulations to test whether the head-down functions as a tool for social integration. This finding has ecological implications because creating and maintaining flock dynamics is important for many species' preservation."
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