Graduate students within the lab explore a varieity of topics including neuroethology, behavioral ecology, animal communication, and sexual selection. If you are interested in seeking a graduate position in the lab, please contact Dr. Cummings and visit the Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior website.
My research broadly focuses on the hormonal, neurological, and ecological factors that influence social behavior and cognition. I have previously explored the relatinoship between social behavior and spatial memory in the prarie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) and am currently investigating behavioral syndromes (correlates of behaviors such as mate choice, sociality, and boldness) and their relationship to cognition in the Northern El Abra Swordtail (Xiphophorus nigrensis).
2015 B.S. Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Publications: Sex differences in spatial memory, hippocampal volume, and oxytocin receptor density in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Rice MA, Hobbs, LE, Wallace KJ, Ophir AG (manuscript in prep)
Please see my website for my research, interests, CV, publications, etc.:
2012 B.S. Biology with Honors, the College of William and Mary
Reding LP, Swaddle JP, Murphy HA. 2013. Sexual selection hinders adaptation in experiment,strongal populations of yeast. 2013. Biology Letters 9(3): 20121202
Reding, L. Increased hatching as a direct benefit of polyandry in birds. 2015. Evolution.
Does sensory expansion benefit asexual species? An olfactory discrimination test in Amazon mollies. 2016. Behavioral Ecology.