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Graduate student receives Sigma Xi grant

Laura Spinney, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has received a research grant from Sigma Xi, an honor society of scientists and engineers.

The $350 will support Spinney's study entitled "Timing of Breeding in the Cocos Finch." She will try to determine why the Cocos finch, a species of Darwin's finch found exclusively on Cocos Island north of the Galapagos, breeds during dry seasons. Other species of Darwin's finch typically breed during rainy seasons. Michaela Hau, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will supervise Spinney's research.

The support is provided through Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research Program, which provides small awards to young researchers. Receiving a grant from this prestigious program often is one of the early steps in an accomplished career in science, according to the society.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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