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Results of NSF Support

NSF Grant DBI-0552644, "Research internships in behavioral and conservation sciences," Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, $206,040, Stephen M. Shuster, PI, Tina J Ayers, Co-PI.

NSF Grant DBI-0243914, ‘Research internships in neural and behavioral sciences,’ Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, $200,434, plus $3,000 REU supplement. Stephen M. Shuster, PI, Larry Stevens, Co-PI.

NSF Grant DBI-9988009-003, Research Internships in the Neural and Behavioral Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, $177,409, plus $6,000 in REU supplements in 2002-03. Stephen M. Shuster, PI, Virginia Blankenship, Co-PI.

 Since 1992, we have received 6 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grants. In the last 7 years our applicant pool has steadily increased in size to over 100 applicants per year. In the last 3 years, 23 students participated in our program, bringing our total number of participants to 135 students over 13 years. Between 2003-05, our students presented 23 posters at REU poster sessions and 45 papers at professional meetings, with 17 published abstracts and 7 papers published or in review in peer-reviewed journals. In each of the past 3 summers, we have sent 1-5 students to the annual Animal Behavior Society meeting, where students presented posters summarizing their research as part of the Genesis Competition. Students have also presented their work at meetings of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, the International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the International Society for Neuronal Regulation, and the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Between 1992-2005 our program participants have presented 68 posters at REU poster sessions, 88 papers at professional meetings, with 27 published abstracts, and 17 articles published or in review in peer-reviewed journals (contributions are identified in References Cited). Clearly, our REU students are learning science by doing science, as is done by professional scientists.

Presentations at Professional Meetings (REU student co-authors in bold):

  1. Stevens, L.C., Haga, Z., Queen, B., & Brady, D.B. 2001. Auditory binaural beat stimulation and hypnotic susceptibility. Presented by Zach Haga at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshops on Clinical Hypnosis, Reno, Nevada, March 25-27, 2001.
  2. Wagner, D.M., L.C. Drickamer, and D.M. Krpata. 2002. Habitat correlates and current status of Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) in Arizona. Annual Conference of the AZ/NM Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and AZ/NM Chapters of the Wildlife Society, Safford, AZ, February, 2002.
  3. Wagner, D.M., L.C. Drickamer, D.M. Krpata, C. Allender, J. Girard, C. Keys, K.L. Smith, and P. Keim. 2002. Plague: Arizona research. Joint Meeting of the Annual Arizona Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases and the Annual Arizona Bioterrorism and Health Threats Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April 2002.
  4. Agosta, A. and S. M. Shuster. 2002. Factors influencing the colonization of artificial breeding sites by male isopods. Animal Behavior Society meeting, 12-17 July 2002, Bloomington, IN. Winner: Honorable Mention, Genesis Competition.
  5. Husband, E. M. and C. N. Slobodochikoff. 2002. Analysis of slope and concavity in the alarm calls of Gunnisons’s Prairie Dog (Cynomys gunnisoni). Animal Behavior Society meeting, 12-17 July 2002, Bloomington, IN.
  6. Ketner, R. L., S. M. Shuster and B. Lang. 2002. The effects of cannibalism on life history and body size in an endangered isopod. Animal Behavior Society meeting, July 2002, Bloomington, IN.

  Published Abstracts (resulting from a Professional Presentation):

  1. Embry, S. and S. Shuster. 2000. Inheritance of two cuticular pigmentation patterns in a marine isopod, Paracerceis sculpta Holmes (Crustacea: Isopoda). J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 35: 46.
  2. Embry, S. and S. M. Shuster. 2000. The effects of mating order on female fecundity in a marine isopod, Paracerceis sculpta Holmes (Crustacea: Isopoda). J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 35: 5-6.
  3. Garcia, K., S. Embry, D. Grossblat, A. Holbrook, W. McLaren, S. Reed, H. Wildey and S. Shuster. 2000. A comparison of two methods for sampling the Gulf of California mud shrimp, Neotrypaea uncinata (Crustacea: Thallasinidea). J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 35: 4.
  4. Omana, E. K. Johnson, S. Embry, J. Learned, S. Vuturo and S. Shuster. 2000. The effects of food availability on adult phenotype in Paracerceis sculpta Holmes (Crustacea: Isopoda). J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 35: 6-7.
  5. Agosta, A., E. Burke, S. J. Embry, K. E. Garcia, M. Kelly, R. Ketner, S. A. Vuturo, H. C. Wildey, and S. M. Shuster.  2001. The distribution and abundance of mud shrimp in a Mexican estero. J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 36: 10.
  6. Embry, S. J. and S. M. Shuster, 2001. The frequency of multiple insemination in a natural population of marine isopods. J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 36: 8
  7. Embry, S. J. and S. M. Shuster, 2001. The frequency of multiple insemination in a natural population of marine isopods. J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 36: 8
  8. Garcia, K. E. and S. M. Shuster. 2001. The effects of juvenile environment, female reproductive condition and satellite males on breeding site selection in a marine isopod, Paracerceis sculpta (Holmes). J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 36:9.
  9. Agosta, A., H. C. Wildey, S. A. Vuturo and S. M. Shuster. 2002. The distribution of the mud shrimp, Neotrypaea uncinata, on horizontal, vertical and geographic scales with Estero Morua, Sonora, Mexico. Amer. Zool.
  10. Curmi, R. M., K. M. Adkins, R. L. Ketner, K. M. Serrato, M. White, H. V. Yarborough, J. Learned and S. M. Shuster. 2002. Species diversity within tests of the barnacle, Tetraclita squamosa, at Pelican Point, Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 37:10-11.
  11. Ketner, R. L. , S. M. Shuster and B. Lang. 2002. The effects of cannibalism on life history characteristics in the endangered Socorro Isopod, Thermosphaeroma thermophilum (Crustacea: Isopoda). J. Ariz. Nevad. Acad. Sci. 37:6-7.

 

Publications:

  1. Hempleman, S.C. T.A. Rodriguez, Y. Bhagat, and R.S. Begay.  2000. Benzolamide, acetazolamide and signal transduction in avian intrapulmonary chemoreceptors.  Am. J. Physiol. (Reg. Int. Comp. Physiol.): 279:R1988-1995.
  2. Garcia, K., S. Embry, D. Grossblat, A. Holbrook, W. McLaren, S. Reed, H. Wildey and S. Shuster. A comparison of two methods for sampling the Gulf of California mud shrimp, Neotrypaea uncinata (Crustacea: Thallasinidea). J. Nat.Hist. (in press).
  3. Shuster, S. M., S. J. Embry and C. R. Hargis. The inheritance of autosomal and sex-linked cuticular pigmentation patterns in the marine isopod, Paracerceis sculpta Holmes (Crustacea: Isopoda: Sphaeromatidae). J. Heredity (in press).
  4. Shuster, S. M., A. L. Tuitupou & S. Parker. Female aggregations at breeding sites in a marine isopod crustacean: copying or cueing? Anim. Behav. (in review).
  5. Garcia, K. E., A. Agosta and S. M. Shuster. The effects of juvenile environment, female reproductive contition and satellite males on breeding site selection in the marine isopod, Paracerceis sculpta (Holmes). Behav. Process. (in review).
  6. Slobodchikoff, C.N., Verdolin, J.L., Husband, E.M. Vocal Repertoire of Alarm Calls in Gunnison's Prairie Dog (Cynomys gunnisoni). Anim. Behav. (in review).
  7. Slobodchikoff, C.N., Husband, E.M.  Analysis of Slope and Curvature in Alarm Calls of Gunnison's Prairie Dog (Cynomys gunnisoni). Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. (in review).
  8. Stevens, L., Haga, Z., Queen, B., Brady, B., Adams, D., Gilbert, J., Vaughan, E., Leach, C., Nockels, P., and McManus, P. Binaural-Beat Induced Theta EEG Activity and Hypnotic Susceptibility: Contradictory Results and Technical Considerations, Amer. J. Clinic. Hypnos. (in review).
  9. Hempleman, S.C., T.P. Adamson, R.S. Begay, and I.C. Solomon.  Na+/H+ CO2 transduction is critically dependent on transmembrane Na+/H+ exchange in avian intrapulmonary chemoreceptors.  Am. J. Physiol. (in review).