Thursday, August 27, 2015
Student Research Opportunity
We are studying mate choice in the bowerbirds. We have taped the behavior of males and females (13 species) at their mating site (the bower) in their native habitats in Australia and New Guinea. There are large skews in male success in mating with females and we are attempting to understand what males a relatively few males highly successful (mate with many females) and why females choose them as mates.
Volunteer students often start scoring behavior on video tapes and may then move onto working on their own project gathering and analyzing to address a particular question. Students can obtain credit for doing this work. Please email Dr. Borgia at Borgia@umd.edu if interested in getting involved in this research.