Blog Post 2

This week had an emphasis on reading scientific papers, such as those by Mayer, Quillin, Jee and many more. I even began writing a protocol for another study that incorporates ideas of many of these authors, such as the use of imagining when studying for life science courses (Fiorella and Mayer, 2015). This project, while I will not be completing this summer, is one I wish to pursue in the coming years as an undergrad here at William and Mary.

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Neophobia and Aggression Trials

Because bluebirds don’t take any days off, our field work team continued work immediately after finals and graduation! The team currently consists of me, graduate student Heather Kenny, and fellow undergraduate Sarah Weber. We continued performing behavioral observations to categorize the birds into “bold” and “shy” personality types, as well as banding and nest checks. We also began applying the noise treatment to randomly selected nest boxes for Heather’s project.

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