BIOL 537 2013-14
Dr. F. Bonier
Rm: 3523 Bioscience Complex
I am broadly interested in understanding how animals cope with challenges in their environment. I investigate how animals respond to environmental challenges both in the short term, through behavioural and physiological responses, and in the long term, through demographic and evolutionary responses. To address my research questions, I draw on tools from numerous disciplines, including endocrinology, hematology, population genetics, and field biology techniques.
I anticipate taking on 1 or 2 honour's students for the coming year. Interested students must be able to start on 1 May, so they can conduct field studies at the Queen's University Biological Station.
Potential projects could fall under one of these areas:
1) Assessing the impacts of stress hormone and/or parasite manipulations on various aspects of tree swallow behaviour, physiology, and/or reproductive success.
2) Investigating the trade-offs between immune function and reproductive investment in tree swallows.
STARTING DATE: May 1