MSc Candidate (2013-present)
For my MSc, I am studying the effects of early-life acute stress on fitness in a population of Savannah sparrows breeding on Kent Island, NB. Using a combination of field experiments and observational data, I am examining the relationship between early life stress and subsequent survival during both the post-fledging and pre-migratory periods. I am also fitting birds with geolocators during autumn migration to examine whether early life stress influences migratory behaviour. For my senior honours undergraduate thesis at Guelph, I experimentally assessed the capture-restraint protocol for estimating the acute stress response under natural conditions (see publication below).
Pakkala, JJ, Norris, DR, Sedinger, JS & Newman, AEM. 2016. Experimental effects of early-life corticosterone on the HPA axis and pre-migratory behaviour in a wild songbird. In press: Functional Ecology
Newman AEM, Edmunds N, Ferraro S, Heffell Q, Merritt G, Pakkala JJ, Schilling C & Schorno S. 2015. Using ecology to inform physiology studies: implications of high population density in the laboratory. AJP: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 208: R449-R454.
Pakkala, JJ, Norris, DR & Newman, AEM. 2013. An experimental test of the capture-restraint protocol for estimating the acute stress response. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology 86: 279-284.