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Chyanne Smith
Graduate Student
Biology, Geology & Environmental Science
Zoology; Weber State University 2020
  qnk256@mocs.utc.edu

Degree Tract: Thesis

Advisor: Dr. Loren Hayes

Advisor Website

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in animal behavior and social evolution. I have a soft spot for rodents, as they are often overlooked for more charismatic species. However, rodents are fascinating and they play important roles in our ecosystems. Currently, I am developing a project on Octodon degus (a social rodent endemic to Chile) to better understand their social organization.

 

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2020)

 

Presentations:

Smith C., Jal T., Duuji N., Tumur B., & Mull J. (2020, March). Small mammal communities of the Darhad Valley, Mongolia, Poster accepted (conference cancelled due to COVID-19) to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Bozeman, MT.

Smith C., Jal T., Duuji N., Tumur B., & Mull J. (2020, February) Small mammal communities of the Darhad Valley, Mongolia, Poster presented at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, Logan, UT.

Smith C., O’Donnell H., Mull J. (2019, March). Floral color preference and conditioning in the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui), Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Ogden, UT.

Smith C., O’Donnell H., Skopec M. (2019, February). Caching behavior of woodrats (Neotoma lepida & Neotoma bryanti) through maturity. Poster presented at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, UT.