Dr. Jess Ward
<b>Department: </b>Biology<br><b>Research Area: </b>Animal behavior, embryonic learning, social communication, and effects of anthropogenic environmental change on behavior
Research Focus: Animal behavior, embryonic learning, social communication, and effects of anthropogenic environmental change on behavior
Potential Student Project(s): We have opportunities for up to 2 students to assist in the maintenance of a project looking at the effects of microplastic exposure on the behavior of fish (minnows) at multiple life stages. Working in an aquatics facility and lab environment, students will learn best practices for the care of aquatic animals in an institutional research setting, and adhere to policies and protocols set forth by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Students will assist with daily experimental treatments using a dietary feeding protocol, breeding, and subsequent behavioral testing of embryos and juvenile fish.
Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate: No experience is necessary. All in-lab training will be provided. However, prior to working with the animals the student must complete a series of online IACUC training modules.
Mentoring Plan: The student will work on this project for 5 hours each week including one hour of 1-on-1 interaction with me. Students will join a friendly and collaborative lab, and may choose to attend weekly group lab meetings in addition to one-on-one meetings if their schedules permit. Students will work closely with both graduate students and Dr. Ward to receive hands-on training in project-specific tasks, and have the opportunity to learn about other research projects happening in the lab.
Contact: 765-285-8859, FB 208