PhD (2016), Kent State University
MSc (2012), University of Manitoba
BES (2008), University of Waterloo
social communication, signaler-receiver interactions, vasopressin and oxytocin, social recognition, behavioral ecology, neuroethology
My research in the Ophir lab focuses on pouched rat olfaction. Specifically, I am looking into how these rodents search out particular scents in a ‘noisy’ environment, how they discriminate between odors, and how they might ‘hone in’ on particularly salient odors. This work expands on my previous experience investigating signaler-receiver interactions, as I have examined acoustic signals in Indian peafowl and the influence of vasopressin on vocalizations and behavior in Richardson’s ground squirrels. As I was originally trained as an ecologist, I tend to ask questions related to how different behaviors (and the neural mechanisms underlying these behaviors) influence interactions between individuals and groups in the wild.
Papers (from the lab):
Freeman AR, Sheehan MJ, Ophir AG (2019) Anogenital distance predicts sexual odour preferences in African giant pouched rats. Animal Behaviour. 148, 123-132.
Freeman AR, Ophir AG (2018) Scent marking behavior of the Southern African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys ansorgei). Journal of Mammalogy. 99, 1430-1435.
|Emily Mao (Visiting High School Student)||2018|
|Montse Cubilla (Visiting High School Student)||2018|
|Angela presenting at ABS, 2017||Working hard at SICB 2019|