Dr. Shala Hankison
Ongoing projects in the Hankison Lab include investigating the use of gene-based cues (MHC alleles) in mate choice in the sailfin molly Poecilia latipinna, the influence of relatedness of behavior in mollies, and mating behaviors in both mollies and stickleback fishes. They are also investigating the role of evolution in shaping morphological structures involved in mating in mollies. Research approaches incorporate behavior observations (using state of the art analysis software), morphological methods (light and electron microscopy), as collaborating with other labs to incorporate molecular biological techniques (PCR, sequencing, microarrays).
ZOOL 343 : Animal Behavior
This course explores the integrative nature of animal behavior, includings its developmental, genetic, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary dimensions. Laboratory sessions emphasize experimental and analytical approaches to behavioral questions. Students design and implement and in-depth independent project.