I am a sixth year graduate student in the Ketterson lab. My research focuses on the behavioral and physiological mechanisms of population divergence in a seasonally sympatric songbird, the Dark-eyed Junco.
May 22, 2019: My manuscript "Migratory strategy explains differences in female physiology in seasonally sympatric populations" was accepted to Functional Ecology!
April 16, 2019: Read my most recent blog post about the Lau lab’s work on plant-microbe interactions in the face of drought stress here
April 6, 2019: I spent the day teaching children and adults about how we catch birds at the Wabash Valley Audubon Bird Festival in Terre Haute, IN with Allie Byrd, a research associate for IU's Environmental Resilience Institute.
October 13, 2018: I got a twitter account today. Follow me at @AbbyKimmittt
September 24, 2018: My manuscript on male mate preferences in seasonal sympatry was accepted to Ecology and Evolution!
September 4, 2018: read my latest blog post about how the Fudickar lab @ IU is using cutting edge technology to learn about animal migrations!
August 21, 2018: I gave a talk during the International Ornithological Congress about what we can learn about partial migration by studying seasonally sympatric populations. It was rewarding to be part of such an inspiring and interesting symposium on partial migration!
April 14, 2018: I am very honored to receive the CISAB's William J. Rowland Mentoring Award!!
March 27, 2018: Read my latest blog post about the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, here.
January 6, 2018: I gave a talk, entitled: "Differences in female reproductive timing may contribute to
divergence in seasonally sympatric populations." at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference in San Francisco, CA.
December 7, 2017: My students presented their final projects for my Animal Behavior class, which marks the end of the semester!
October 21, 2017: I taught children and adults about animal migration and ongoing research at IU at ScienceFest.
August 15, 2017: My ScIU blog post, "Climate Change: Adapt or Die" came out today. Read it here!
May 17, 2017: Dustin Reichard and my manuscript from my REU work, "Songbird courtship tactics:
paired and unpaired males differ in behavior, morphology, and hormones." was published today in The Auk.
April 4, 2017: I was notified that I received the Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant!