Laura offered our undergraduate students a chance to learn R this semester in a free, voluntary workshop that she designed and implemented. The group met once a week for most of the semester and started out by simply learning how to assign a value to an object. Now they are analyzing and graphing their own data and they presented their work to the lab yesterday. The group included several previous REU students who worked with data from their independent projects and now have even more ideas for future projects. Laura hopes to put together a compilation of her teaching materials from this semester for us, but this is another option for learning R from the CSU Library for those who may feel inspired after seeing this group's success!
Our primary goal is to understand the processes that shape evolutionary trajectories. We focus on the mechanisms of convergent evolution of behavioral and morphological traits. We link molecular, neural, and developmental mechanisms to their consequences for organismal phenotypes, and we investigate the neural and hormonal mechanisms of context- or experience-dependent changes in behavior.