2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Brian & Karen Mariscal
Mentor: Russell Fernald, Biology

Paul is studying how animals make the most important decision of their lives: who to mate with. Studying the mate preferences of hybrid cichlid fish will provide insights into how species differ in their preferences, the mechanisms they use for deciding, and ultimately the genetic and neural processes governing mate choice.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Investigating Female Mate Choice in Malawi Cichlids

Paul Tran1, Alina Nguyen2, Allie Byrne1, Ryan York1, Russell Fernald1
[Department of Biology1, Stanford University; University of Notre Dame2]