Celebrating our students: Nicola Love

By Macaulay Library Team

Undergraduate Nicola Love studied how Blue Jays respond to alarm calls of titmice. In her senior honors thesis, she demonstrated that Blue Jays react to Titmice alarm calls and reduce their feeding when they hear Titmice calling to warn of predators. But Blue Jays respond more strongly to alarm calls from other Blue Jays. Additionally, when Blue Jays hear social calls of Titmice, they feed more! This may be because Titmice act as sentinel species to warn other species. She was mentored by Janelle Morano and Dr. Michael Webster, and she is graduating from Cornell this month. Congratulations, Nicola!

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