Abstract # 12:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2007 10:15 AM-10:30 AM: Session 3 (North Main Hall F/G) Symposium

Lessons from my Mentor, Charles Snowdon

T. A. Porter
Salem College, Biology Department, 601 South Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, USA
     Charles Snowdon offers abundant essential lessons to those fortunate enough to work with him. Three core lessons I learned from Chuck Snowdon as his graduate student are: 1) start your research with a solid scientific question; 2) start your lectures and seminars with well-considered definitions of the topic at hand; and 3) welcome people into your lab and your department with encouragement of ambitions and creativity. These lessons helped my graduate study of pairbond development in captive cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) at the University of Wisconsin. Through challenges to newly-formed pairs over a year we found that bond-maintaining behaviors persisted at high rates throughout the first year of pairing, with males investing more than females in these behaviors (Porter & Snowdon, 1997). I have since put Chuck Snowdon's lessons to further use studying the mechanisms and functions of reproductive synchrony in captive and wild greater spear-nosed bats (Phyllostomus hastatus; Porter & Wilkinson, 2001) and pollination behavior in wild nectarivorous bats of the family Phyllostomidae.