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Queen's University
 

BIOL 537 2014-15
Dr. R. Montgomerie

Rm: 3522 Bioscience Complex
Tel: (613) 533-6127
E-mail:  mont@queensu.ca
Faculty Web Site:http://www.queensu.ca/biology/people/faculty/montgomerie.html

RESEARCH AREA/POTENTIAL PROJECTS
We are working on a variety of projects on the reproductive tactics of animals, mainly birds, fish, Drosophila, and humans that involve behavioural observations and experiments, microscope work and molecular genetics analysis. I would be willing to supervise honours students in any of the following general areas—we can work out the details depending upon your specific interests and time. I will be away in the field in France this spring so would prefer not to supervise students in the summer months, though one of my grad students may be able to.

Project 1 Colour and pattern perception and discrimination

This is the main focus of my current research program, looking at the ability of birds, humans and other animals to distinguish between different colours and patters that they see. The research will involve behavioural observations and experiments with captive birds and other animals (including humans!) to determine what they can see, how what they see affects their behaviour and what they can discriminate under different lighting and social situations. Depending upon student interests and abilities, this project could involve some computer modelling, brain imaging, and image analysis

Sperm analysis
Analysis of behaviour and physiology of fish sperm, comparing sperm from different species and from different individuals and reproductive tactics within species. Project will involve lab work using microscopy and molecular physiology techniques. 

Project 2 Feather colours

Analysis of structure and colour of bird feathers to determine the relation between feather colour and feather quality. This project will involve lab work using microscopy and spectrophotometry.

Project 3 Sperm behaviour and physiology

Analysis of behaviour and physiology of fish sperm, comparing sperm from different species and from different individuals and reproductive tactics within species. Project will involve lab work using microscopy and molecular physiology techniques. 

 STARTING DATE:  I would prefer to supervise students who want to start in September 2014.


    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000