Vol. 60, No. 2 | May 2015



John Swaddle, Senior Member-at-Large,
Chair 2015 Student Research Grant Committee

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Student Research Grants and the Developing Nations Research Awards. We received many high-quality proposals, but as in previous years, the number of applications exceeded the number we could fund. Of the 135 applications submitted, 46 were awarded funding.

Each proposal was reviewed independently by at least two referees, who provided evaluations and constructive feedback for the student grant writers. As always, members of the Society went above and beyond to provide constructive reviews. The Research Grant Committee extends a very heartfelt thank you to the following referees:

Marco Adda, Boris Almonacid, Jean Alupay, Daniel Baldassarre, Andrea Barker, Douglas Barron, Matthew Bealor, Andrea Bierema, Terri Bright, Sarah Brosnan, Stephen Burnett, Bruno Buzatto, Lauren Cator, Gloriana Chaverri, Jennifer Clarke, Barbara Clucas, Blair Costelloe, Meg Crofoot, Leslie Curren, Peter Dunn, Teresa Dzieweczynski, Enrique Font Bisier, Kasey Fowler-Finn, Becca Franks, Bennett Galef, Megan Gall, Alexander Georgiev, Quincy Gibson, Andre Guaraldo, KV Gururaja, Shala Hankison, Margret Hatch, Ann Hedrick, Christy Hoffman, Kimberly Hunter, Anne Jacobs, Aliza le Roux, Susan Longest, Kathleen Lynch, Karen Mabry, Lilian Manica, Leesia Marshall, Jennifer Mather, Darren Minier, Doug Mock, Pierre-Olivier Montiglio, Catherine Mossman, Paul Nealen, Martha Nelson-Flower, Eleni Nikitopoulos, David Pappano, Ann Paterson, Eric Patterson, Noa Pinter-Wollman, Mariana Pueta, Claudia Rauter, Adam Reddon, Dustin Reichard, Pablo Ribeiro, Christina Riehl, Clare Rittschof, Bruce Schulte, Melissa Shyan-Norwalt, Mike Smotherman, Emilie Snell-Rood, Noah Snyder-Mackler, Monique Sosnowski, Ted Stankowich, Caitlin Stern, Connor Taft, Ryan Taylor, Ann Jane Tierney, Robin Tinghitella, Rani Vasudeva, Susan Villarreal, Charles Walcott, Eric Walters, Stacey Weiss, Brandi Wren, Jade Zee, Dapeng Zhao, and Heather Zimbler-Deloranzo,

We were helped immensely by Adam Kohm and Lorena Castaneda at SPLtrak, who designed and launched a new online grant submission and review system that ran with very few hiccups. Alison Bell (2nd Member-at-Large) and Beth Jakob (3rd Member-at-Large) not only reviewed proposals but also provided very helpful advice about how to administer and structure our new grant review system. Thank you to them also. Most importantly, we want to thank all the members of the Society who have supported this program over the years and who have donated funds to make this program such a success.



Melissa Graham, Clark University, Evolutionary parallelism: The maternal stress response and offspring phenotypes


Sarah Jaumann, University of Minnesota, Coping with environmental change: The role of selective history in information use


Elizabeth Kelly, Cornell University, When Jays are hormonal: Understanding the mechanisms behind cooperative breeding


Dara Orbach, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Mating behaviors of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) near the Golden Gate Bridge



Danielle Adams, University of Maryland, Does sexual selection favor compatible mates or heterozygous males in a highly polygynous mammal?

Lynne Beaty, Oklahoma State University, Long-term behavioral consequences of early life experience in frogs

Alexandra Bentz, University of Georgia, Understanding the mechanistic role of hormone-mediated maternal effects in programming offspring aggression

Rachael Bonoan, Tufts University, Honeybee health and nutrition: Why do honey bees like dirty water?

Shannon R Butler, Purdue University, Starling, starling, what do you see: How do I know if you’re looking at me?

Kenneth Chapin, University of California, Los Angeles, In search of ultimate mechanisms: How gene flow shapes behavioral variation across cave populations

Marie Claire Chelini, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Identical babies, disparate adults: Ontogeny of extreme sexual size dimorphism in crab-spiders (Thomisidae)

Amanda Clauser, East Carolina University, Are climatic challenges testing the limits of behavioral plasticity in coastal breeding king rails (Rallus elegans)?

Kristen Covino, University of Southern Mississippi, Transition between phases of the annual cycle: the role of testosterone in mediating behavioral changes of an en route songbird during spring migration

Adam Crane, University of Saskatchewan, Using fish behaviour to assess therapies for PTSD and secondary traumatization

Sarah Daniels, University of Wyoming, Behavioral flexibility and innovation in Procyon lotor (raccoon)

Shane DuBay, University of Chicago, Physiological mechanisms of altitudinal migration in birds 

Erik Enbody, Tulane University, Adaptive consequences of female ornamentation in a Malurus wren

Genevieve Ferguson, Carleton University, Lifetime influences of acoustic social environment on developmental and behavioural plasticity

Kaitlyn Gaynor, University of California, Berkeley, Effects of human activity on ungulate antipredator behavior in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Brock Geary, Tulane University, How does the hypoxic zone affect seabird foraging behaviors in the Gulf of Mexico?

Brian Russell Haney, Arizona State University, Reproductive consequences of non-kin cooperation in a harvester ant

Sarah J. Harrison, Carleton University, Effects of dietary nutrient balance on female mating decisions in the field cricket, Gryllus veletis

Edward Hurme, University of Maryland, When to flock together: Social influences on foraging in a fish-eating bat

Allison Injaian, UC Davis, Living amidst the noise and peril: The effects of experimentally applied traffic noise on anti-predator behavior in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). 

Ambika Kamath, Harvard University, Behavioral underpinnings of promiscuous mating in the brown anole lizard, Anolis sagrei.

Henry D Legett, Purdue University, Evolution of unique mating behaviors: The role of communication networks

Sara Lipshutz, Tulane University, Behavioral drivers of reproductive isolation in a hybrid zone between sex-role-reversed, polyandrous jacanas

Michelle Loranger, Carleton University, Effect of male aggression on fitness of Gryllus assimilis in a social context

Jesyka Melendez-Rosa, University of California, Berkeley, Temporal fluctuations in pathogen communities and their impact on MHC-mediated mate choice in Peromyscus rodents

Tracy Mulholland, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Effects of anthropogenic noise on the breeding behavior of nesting songbirds

Henry Pollock, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Eco-evolutionary dynamics of heterospecific eavesdropping in ant-following bird species of the Neotropics

Patricia Rosa, University of Manitoba, Effects of noise from oil well development on fecal glucocorticoid metabolites and body condition of grassland songbirds in Southern Alberta: A high-fidelity playback study design

Kristina Smiley, Cornell University, The role of prolactin in parental behavior in a biparental passerine, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata).

Kylie Smith, Clemson University, Assessing the impacts of parrotfish grazing and macroalgal competition on coral cover

Jay Stafstrom, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, A tale of two senses: Investment trade-offs between vision and mechanoreception

Maura Tyrell, University at Buffalo, SUNY, The effect of intra-group and extra-group competition on male coalition patterns in wild crested macaques (Macaca nigra)

Allison E. Williams, University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology, A potential benefit of sociality: Do socially-transmitted gut microbes protect from pathogen invasion?

David Zonana, University of Colorado, Boulder, How do mating signals mediate social and reproductive interactions in a hybrid zone?



Maria Juliana Benitez Saldivar, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Song characterization and function in South American saffron finch mate choice

Pedro Zurvaino Palmeira de Moraes, University of Brasilia, Brazil, The reproductive behavior of the blue-black grassquit (Volatinia jacarina) under predation risk

Pedro Diniz Alves, University of Brasilia, Brazil, Can vocal duetting predict extra pair paternity in a Neotropical ovenbird?

Armando Hernandez Jimenez, Instituto de Ecologia, UNAM, Mexico, The effects of precopulatory sexual selection and natural selection on male genitalia in swordtail fishes

Ingrid Paneczko, University of Brasilia, Brazil, Maternal investment of blue-black grassquits (Volatinia jacarina, Aves: Thraupidae) in a context of food supplementation

Romina Pfoh, Instituto de Biología Subtropical (IBS), CONICET, UNaM, Argentina, Male affiliative interchanges in black horned capuchin monkeys (Sapajus nigritus): Social bonds or biomarket?

Natalin Soledad Vicente, Instituto de Comportamiento Animal, Fundación Miguel Lillo, Argentina, Visual displays in a neotropical lizard, Liolaemus pacha



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