I’ve hinted around about my research but have never really provided any details. Right now, I’m very busy re-thinking, writing, and re-writing everything. So I thought, “Why do my work twice?”
So I’ll let you in on what I do.
I study Individuals Differences in Exploratory Behavior of Prairie Voles, Microtus ochrogaster. Well, it’s more like the exploratory behavior of prairie voles. The individual differences part has really been giving me some hassles. I’ve written, redone, split and lumped that part of my study close to half a dozen times. I’m still not providing many details, because the writing part is in progress.
Long story short: I watch how voles react, behave and move around when I placed them in unfamiliar settings. Here is a photo essay of the research I do in the lab.
This is one of my voles; it has an ear tag that has it's ID number on it. No pet names.
This is a Novel Choice test. The vole starts in the middle, then I lift the doors. A drop of odor is behind the screen and the vole visits one or both sides of the tube.