Research Projects

Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow

Indiana University

Greg Demas and Cara Wellman Labs

As a postdoctoral fellow, I will examine how the maternal neuroendocrine-microbiome environment shapes offspring development and behavior in Siberian hamsters

Jessica Cusick measuring a brown-headed nuthatch egg at Tall Timbers Research Station as part of her dissertation research at Florida State University in the Emily DuVal Lab. Photo Credit: TTRS

Dissertation Research

Florida State University

Emily H. DuVal Lab

My dissertation research investigated the proximate mechanisms influencing individual variation in cooperative behavior in the cooperatively breeding brown-headed nuthatch (Sitta pusilla). I specifically investigated how variation in relatedness, physiology, and aggression influence individual differneces in cooperative behavior.

Jessica Cusick films Atlantic spotted dolphin in the Bahamas as part of her master's research with the Wild Dolphin Project and Florida Atlantic University. Photo Credit: The Wild Dolphin Project

Master's Research

Florida Atlantic University

Wild Dolphin Project, Denise Herzing

My master's research investigated the role of cooperation during interspecific aggression between two wild species of dolphins, the Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) and the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the Bahamas.

Jessica Cusick catching Goliath Grouper as part of her collaboration with the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Photo Credit: Grouper Group

Collaborations

Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory

Dr. Chris Koenig and Dr. Felicia Coleman, Reef Fish Ecology Lab

We investigated the natural history, life history, and population recovery of the Atlantic Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itijara). We have investigated age and growth of this species, spawning behavior, diet, and overall health during the spawning and non-spawning seasons.

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