January 21, 2014
Olivia Hebert (Medical Biology '13), Lindsey Lavin (Animal Behavior '14), and Jodi Marks (Animal Behavior '16) served as student co-authors of an article that was published in the most recent issue of the journal Animal Behavior. Teresa Dzieweczynski, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology and the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate research coordinator, served as mentor for the research and publication.
The article, "The effects of 17a-ethinyloestradiol on boldness and its relationship to decision making in male Siamese fighting fish," is the sixth publication for Hebert and the first for Lavin and Marks based on their work with Dzieweczynski.
This study is the first to find that endocrine disrupting chemicals can disrupt behavioral syndromes and lays the foundation for the assessment of other pharmaceuticals on behavioral syndromes and boldness in Siamese fighting fish and other aquatic organisms.