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Past Lab Members

Sarah DuRant (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
Robert deBruijn (Ph.D. 2014)
Thesis Title: Behavioral and physiological responses to weather-related stressors
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Carolyn Bauer (Ph.D. 2014)
Thesis Title: Maternal effects of stress in the degu (Octodon degus)
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, North Dakota State University
Christine Lattin (Ph.D. 2014)
Thesis Title: Beyond circulating hormones: investigations upstream and downstream of plasma corticosterone
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
Devin Merullo (Senior Honors Thesis, 2013)
Thesis Title: The interaction of acute and chronic stress on neophobia in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
Currently: Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rohan Rao (Senior Honors Thesis, 2015)
Thesis Title: Unpredictable Food Deprivation as a Stressor, Its Manifestation in Feathers, and Its Effects on Feather Growth and Quality in European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
Molly Dickens (Ph.D. 2009)
Thesis Title: Linking translocation and chronic stress: analysis of alterations in stress physiology and behavior resulting from translocation procedures in wild birds.
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California - Berkeley
Luke Butler (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-2009)
Currently: Associate Professor, College of New Jersey
Nicole Cyr (Ph.D. 2007)
Thesis Title: The effect of acute and chronic stress on the first and second waves of the stress resonse in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).
Currently: Assistant Professor, Stonehill College
Melinda Franceschini (Ph.D. 2007)
Thesis Title: Glucocorticoids and wildlife health: evaluating the stress of translocation and chronic contaminant exposure.
Currently: Practicing Veterinarian
Benjamin Nephew (Ph.D. 2003)
Thesis Title: Simultaneous modulation of behavioral, cardiovascular, and corticosterone responses to acute stress, with an emphasis on arginine vasopressin.
Currently: Assistant Professor, Tufts Veterinary School
Rebecca Newcomb Homan (Ph.D. 2003)
Thesis Title: Conservation studies of amphibian health at individual, population, and landscape scales.
Currently: Associate Professor, Denison College
Jessica Brubaker (M.S. 2009)
Currently: Laboratory Technician
Mark Cooperman (M.S. 2003)
Thesis Title: Hormonal responses of the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) to intraspecific densities during critical life history stages
Currently: Environmental Consultant
Carlos Medina (Senior Honors Thesis, 2012)
Thesis Title: Comparing Corticosteroid Receptor mRNA and Protein Expression in House Sparrows (Passer domesticus).
Currently: Graduate Student, Stanford University
Kaiden Waldron-Francis (Senior Honors Thesis, 2012)
Thesis Title: Intracellular skin corticosterone receptor concentrations change seasonally and in response to chronic stress in house sparrows (Passer domesticus).
Laura Glassman (Senior Honors Thesis, 2011)
Thesis Title: The effect of learning on heart rate and behavior of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).
Currently: Medical Student, Tufts University
Jessica Awerman (Senior Honors Thesis, 2009)
Thesis Title: The effect of chronic psychological stress on the blood chemistry of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).
Currently: Medical Student, Tufts University
Sophia Kostelanetz (Senior Honors Thesis, 2009)
Thesis Title: The effect of molt and chronic stress on heart rate and heart rate variability in European starlings.
Currently: Medical Student, Tufts University
Kristen Earle (Senior Honors Thesis, 2007)
Thesis Title: Captivity alters physiological parameters in Alectoris chuckar.
Currently: Graduate Student, Stanford University
David Strochlic (Senior Honors Thesis, 2006)
Thesis Title: The effects of chronic psychological stress on feather re-growth in molting European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).
Currently: Ph.D., Harvard University
Christine Tam (Senior Honors Thesis, 2006)
Thesis Title: The effects of noninvasive corticosterone administration on behavior in female house sparrows (Passer domesticus) in breeding and nonbreeding conditions.
Currently: Practicing Physician
Erin Rich (Senior Honors Thesis, 2002)
Thesis Title: Modulation of the acute corticosterone response in chronically stressed and non-chronically-stressed captive European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California - Berkeley

Steven Kahn (Senior Honors Thesis, 2000)
Thesis Title: Responses of European starlings to novel stimuli.

 

 

Luke Remage-Healey (Senior Honors Thesis, 2000)
Thesis Title: The effects of insulin and corticosterone on stress in captive starlings: daily and seasonal variations in metabolite responses.
Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts - Amherst