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Casual conversations with leading researchers in the field of
Animal Behavior, merging science and stories!

With Matthew Zipple & Amy Strauss
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S3 E8: Maren Vitousek

In this week’s episode, Maren Vitousek joins the show to talk about stress and her work in tree swallows. She starts by describing what stress is and what it is not. Matthew and Maren talk about the development of the stress response and its long-term implications. Then Maren’s talk about the tree swallow project that she co-directs and what her lab has learned from studying stress in these animals.

After the break, they talk about Maren’s experience as a mother of three in academia. Maren describes her experience becoming a mother at three different career stages, the costs that mothers pay in academia, and what cultural and policy changes can be made to make academia more parent-friendly.

This week’s Two-Minute Takeaway comes from Mary Woodruff (@MaryJWoodruff), a PhD Candidate in the Rosvall Lab at Indiana University. She uses behavior and physiology to understand how wild birds are coping with climate change. Learn more about Mary’s work here.