Jeremy’s ABS talk on the Zombie Games Lab

This week is the virtual half of the Animal Behavior Society meeting. Grad student Jeremy Howard is presenting a video talk entitled “Teaching Foraging and Vigilance in Animal Behavior Lab through “Zombie Games.” This is a lab that we’ve been teaching for a number of years, and it is lots of fun for the students and they tend to learn the material very well. Most of the lab joined in to help Jeremy demonstrate how it works.

Let us know if you have any questions about the lab and ways that we’ve modified it to adjust to different circumstances and student needs. Hope you enjoy the talk!

Animal Behavior Society Meeting 2019

We were lucky this year to have the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society very close: just a train ride away in Chicago. That it was a joint meeting with the International Ethological Congress made the travel even easier.

With Michael keeping the fly research going and Andreia in the field in Florida, the rest of us headed to Chicago. Matt gave a talk on his bumble bee museum study plus some new data from field work, Rachel gave a poster on her first year project on risk sensitivity in bumble bees, Tian gave her first ever meeting poster on the preliminary data from her senior project on colony learning in bumble bees, and Aimee talked about data from our long-running producer-scrounger bumble bee project. It was a busy week full of workshops, talks, and catching up with colleagues.

Animal Behavior Society 2017

We all made it home from the Animal Behavior Society annual meeting in Toronto. Sleep-deprived, but excited to hear and talk about so much cool science. We had a busy meeting: Michael attended as a Charles Henry Turner undergrad fellow, Itachi presented a poster on her thesis work, Andreia organized our outreach efforts, and Aimee gave a talk in the cognitive ecology symposium. Plus we got to visit with lab alumna Isabel and see her excellent talk on sampling in chickadees from her new lab. Thanks to Pablo, Matt, and Randall to holding down the lab while the rest of us traveled.

Michael in Jefferson City

Well, we survived a day at the state capitol for the University of Missouri’s Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Michael Austin presented a poster on some of our work on generalization of learning in evolved populations of flies, which he has been coordinating. We spent the day in the rotunda between the representatives’ and the senate chambers. It was budget day so the place was packed with politicians and lobbyists along with the undergraduate researchers. Hopefully some of the politicians were impressed with the great work the students have been doing.

Biology Research Symposium 2016

The Biology Graduate Students Association organized the annual research symposium for the department and Andreia from our lab served on the organizing committee (great job!). We had some nice talks from the lab: Matt gave the newest results from a cool foraging experiment on bees and Lynnsey gave a nice overview of her project comparing long term memory and anesthesia-resistant memory in our evolved flies. Hannah won the undergrad section of the 3 minute competition and, among other interesting prizes, got a salad shaker for the second consecutive year. Impressive. Finally, Ben and Itachi got to show off their posters to department colleagues. Nice day of science.