Radford University was well-represented at the National 2014 Conference for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). Drs. Sara O’Brien and Jason Davis attended with a variety of RU student presenters in tow to present their novel independent research projects: Kirsten Bjornson, Kristan Cale, Laken Cooper, Dylan McDaniel, Stephanie Nicholas, and Fiona Surette.
Kirsten Bjornson (graduate student-Psychology, Davis Lab) presented a poster exploring methodological comparisons of stress physiology and avian behavior. Kristan Cale (undergraduate-Biology, Davis Lab) delivered a talk on research she accomplished regarding the effects of royal jelly proteins on growth in Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Laken Cooper (undergraduate-Biology, O’Brien Lab) presented a poster on a three-year study exploring the effects of habitat fragmentation on avian territorial behavior. Dylan McDaniel (undergraduate-Biology, Davis Lab) presented a poster on the interaction of stress and immune function on the behavior of house sparrows. Stephanie Nicholas (undergraduate-Biology, Davis Lab) presented a poster on her work exploring the hormonal interactions of royal jelly and juvenile hormone on Manduca sexta development. Fiona Surette presented a poster (undergraduate-Biology, Davis & Guinan Labs) on the impact of daily corticosterone administration on nestling bluebirds in relation to fledging and parental behavior.