Nick publishes on damselfly behavioral ecology

Fig1_WindySunnyHeuristic_PIGraduate student Nick Mason recently published a manuscript on damselfly behavioral ecology that appeared in Animal Behaviour. Nick’s manuscript is the product of his time with the Cornell Florida Field Course, which facilitates short research projects for graduate students at the Archbold Biological Field Station in south-central Florida. In this manuscript, Nick quantified the effects of wind speed, wind direction, ambient temperature, and sun position on the activity levels and perch orientation of a widespread damselfly, the Atlantic Bluet (Enallagma doubledayi). Nick found that damselfly fly less often, forage less often, and engage in fewer territorial encounters at higher windspeed. Furthermore, damselflies faced into the wind while perched and landing, and tended to face the sun at higher ambient temperatures.

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