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AU biology major awarded funds to present at Animal Behavior Society meeting

Alfred University (AU) senior biology major Briana Cappiello of Rochester has been selected as a recipient of a Charles H. Turner Program Travel Award to participate in the 2013 Animal Behavior Society’s annual meeting at the University of Colorado-Boulder, July 28 to Aug. 1, 2013.

Cappiello will present her Biology Honors thesis on “Color Vision in California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus)” at the meeting.

The Charles H. Turner Program was founded in 2002 by the Animal Behavior Society Diversity Committee to promote undergraduate student participation at the organization’s annual meetings. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the program invites 10 undergraduates to the meeting each year, covering all expenses and offering additional educational opportunities including a pre-meeting workshop and a mentor. 

In addition to Cappiello, Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, assistant professor of biology, will attend the meeting along with three other Alfred University senior biology majors, who will also present posters on their independent research.

Michael Ciepiela of Marilla will present “Territorial Behavior and Dominance Hierarchies between Three Species of African Cichlids.” Corissa Fanning of Morrisville is presenting her research on “Differences in Learning Styles of a Borzoi compared to Labrador Retrievers and German Shepard Dogs.” Chelsea Vallone of Webster will present her Biology Honors thesis on “Indications of Exhibit Quality based on Captive Felid Behaviors.”

Zimbler-DeLorenzo holds a Ph.D. in biological science from Auburn University and a dual bachelor of science/bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and biology from Emory University. She teaches classes in animal behavior, biology and physiology, including Vertebrate Biology, Animal Nutrition, Animal Behavior, and Physiology of Aging. Zimbler-DeLorenzo has also been published in a number of scientific journals and has presented her independent research at conferences across the country.

The Animal Behavior Society promotes and encourages the biological study of animal behavior, including both descriptive and experimental studies under natural and controlled conditions. The society holds an annual meeting each summer, inviting members and guests including biology faculty, research scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students to attend and participate in talks and present their research.