Drs. Michael Fraker (Senior Research Associate) and Stuart Ludsin (Associate Professor) in EEOB's Aquatic Ecology Laboratory were awarded a $652,556 grant from the National Science Foundation (IOS-1557831), with two collaborators (Dr. Robert Denver, University of Michigan; Dr. Barney Luttbeg, Oklahoma State University). Their interdisciplinary research project will use a model larval dragonfly-tadpole system to study 1) how the prey neuroendocrine stress response operates over time under a complex predation environment, 2) how stress hormones govern the expression and integration of the prey phenotypic response in an ecological context, and 3) what the fitness consequences of this regulation are. Their four-year project will begin this July.
Dr. Stuart Ludsin