Post #3: The bigger picture

I wanted to use this blog post to explain why my current and future study is important and how it will fit into our understanding of mercury as a neurotoxin, the effects of stress on development, and the current scientific literature. I will be referring to other scientist’s research heavily in this post so that […]

Post #2: Reflections on Lab Work

While much of my time this summer was focused on running my trials, there were many other tasks in which I was able to participate within our lab.  I think that one of the most beneficial parts of being a part of undergraduate research is that you often are able to partake in and learn […]

Post 1: Inhibitory Control Trials

Tessa Diehl Cage Setup

My Upperclassmen Monroe Project focused on continuing research I had started with the IIBBS lab (Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies) under Professor John Swaddle. My project examined the effect of the anthropogenic neurotoxin, methyl mercury, on the cognitive abilities of zebra finches. In order to study the perturbation of zebra finch cognition, I spent […]