Indiana University

Undergraduate DIS Students

Kate Adaniya

Fall 2019-Present

Project Title: Assessing Consistency in Individual Aggression During Pubertal Transitions

Kate is pursuing a B.S. in Human Biology with a concentration in Human Health and Disease. This fall, Kate conducted an independent research project investigating aggressive behavior in hamsters, specifically whether individuals display consistency in aggression as juveniles and into adulthood.

Luke Gohmann

Fall 2019-Present

Project Title: Effects of seasonal cues, stress and microbiome on social behavior of non-responders”

Luke is a sophomore in Biology at IU and has been assisting in the Demas Lab since Fall 2019. More recently, Luke has been assisting Jess with her various experiments including invesetigating the role of maternal stress and gut microbiome on offspring behavior.

Florida State University

Undergraduate DIS Students

Abigail Kreuser

Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Project Title: Task partitioning or division of labor? Patterns of nest maintenance in a cooperatively breeding bird

Project Title: Growth and development of brown-headed nuthatch chicks

Michelle Martin

Fall 2016

Project Title: Quality or Quantity? Provisioning differences in the cooperatively breeding brown-headed nuthatch

Miguel De Villa

Spring 2014-Summer 2014

Project Title:The relationship between breeder and helper age and parental effort in a cooperatively breeding species, the brown-headed nuthatch

Field Technicians

Amy Janik

Spring 2017

Amy was my field technician for the spring 2017 field season. In addition to assisting me collect data for my dissertation, Amy collected her own data for her independent project investigating individual variation in adult aggression in response to a snake model. Amy is now a graduate student at Western Michigan University

Simon Fitz-William

Spring 2016

Simon was my field technician for the spring 2016 field season.

Juan Botero

Spring 2015

Juan was my field technician for the spring 2015 field season. In addition to assisting me with data collection during a particularly challenging field season, Juan conducted an independent project investigating how helpers contribute to breeders during the incubation stage of reproduction. Juan received his master's degree at the College of William and Mary.

Emma Schlatter

Spring 2014

Emma was my field technician for the spring 2014 field season.

Undergraduate Research Technicians and Volunteers

Brandy Shea 

ResearchTechnician, Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Brandy assisted with our research on alloparental care and fledging behavior of brown-headed nuthatches. She graduated from Florida State University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science and a minor in Chemistry.

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Cesar Estien

Volunteer, Spring 2018

Cesar assisted with our research on chick fledging behavior. Cesar will be starting his PhD at UC Berkeley Fall 2021! Check out more about Cesar here!

Stasia Pietraszun

Volunteer, Spring 2018

Veronica Sitaras

Volunteer, Fall 2017

Austin (Mark) Halperin

Field Volunteer, Spring 2016

Nicholas Hanley

Field Volunteer, Spring 2015

Bethany Williams

Field Volunteer, Spring 2014