FURSCA Feature: Scott DesRosiers, '15

Your Major:

Biology and History. Environmental Concentration.

Your Adviser:

Dale Kennedy

Briefly explain your FURSCA project.

This summer, I am attempting to determine whether house wrens exhibit conspecific alarm calls, or scolds, that vary depending on the threat to the nest.

What have you learned so far in doing your research?

I have learned a great deal about sound analysis software, planning experimental procedures, and adapting to field work.Scott DesRosiers, '15, at the Whitehouse Nature Center

Why did you pick this particular project?

I decided on the topic for this project following an Animal Communication Honors course taught by Dr. Dale Kennedy last fall.

How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?

This FURSCA project has helped me better understand the career of a researcher and how to plan and execute an experiment starting from a simple question.

What is your thesis, and how is it coming together?

Still working on it... I'm hoping to find a way to combine what I have learned in biology and history with an environmental subject.

Looking back, how has the project worked out?

Working on the experiment this summer has been a blast and an excellent learning experience. We are still analyzing the hours of data we have collected out in the field, but should have an interesting conclusion no matter how it turns out.