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.
I have learned a great deal about sound analysis software, planning experimental procedures, and adapting to field work.
I decided on the topic for this project following an Animal Communication Honors course taught by Dr. Dale Kennedy last fall.
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.
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.
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.