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The Ethogram Wins ABS Award

September 21, 2020

The editors and contributors of the UCD Animal Behavior Graduate Group's The Ethogram were recently congratulated by the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) as one of the organization's 2020 Outreach Grant recipients.

The Ethogram was founded in 2014 as a formalized outreach effort by graduate students in the ABGG. The blog has since grown steadily, reaching nearly 17,000 visitors, in over 100 countries, in 2019 alone. The staff consists of multiple editors and over 20 contributors per year, ranging from undergraduates to faculty, both at UC Davis and other institutions.

Prestigious Grant Awarded: Studying Honey Bee Social Networks to Improve Colony Health

August 01, 2019

Dr. Brian Johnson and ABGG graduate student Adrian Perez have been awarded a three-year grant by Project Apis Mellifera and the National Honey Board for research focused on honey bee health. The project aims to use social network analysis to understand how honey bee colonies change their social interaction patterns in response to various pathogens, food availability, and other environmental factors. The funding mainly supports the set up of a tracking system that will allow for automated monitoring of thousands of workers in the hive.

Redefining what it means to be a scientist: An ABGG professor highlighted in video

April 10, 2019

Assistant Professor Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, is the subject of a new video from iBiology's "Background To Breakthrough" series. The video recounts Calisi Rodríguez's "experiences as a Mexican-Italian-American woman, professor, artist and mother have provided her with fascinating and unusual perspectives to study the biology of parental behavior.

Learn more about Dr. Calisi Rodríguez's story!

Animal Behavior Society Fellow Ann Hedrick Explains Irresistible Cricket Songs

September 14, 2018
For more than 30 years, Hedrick has researched the mating behaviors of the field cricket Gryllus integer, trying to determine which heritable traits attract a mate. For her research, Hedrick was recently elected as a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. 

Discovering Curiosity: Art at the Zoo with Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez

June 11, 2018
Before delving into the world of endocrinology, Assistant Professor Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez wasn’t following the path of a traditional scientist. But a mystery at the Dallas Zoo would introduce her to the world of animal behavior.