BISC 298 & 498
BISC 298 and 498 are 3-credit courses designed to give undergraduates the chance to explore the research process, from proposing a hypothesis and conducting a study to writing up and presenting their findings.
Projects that the Williams lab has supervised include:
"Effects of introduced, novel prey on diet and reproduction in the diet-specialist European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)"
"The relationship between paternal care and offspring survival in European starlings"
"Hemoglobin, hematocrit and sex-specific flight performance in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)"
"Effects of artificial lighting on the timing of reproduction in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)"
Zebra finch husbandry
SFU's animal care facility maintains a captive population of zebra finches. Adaptable, easily domesticated, and sexually monogamous, these birds are an ideal study system. Work-study students at the Williams lab are trained to manage their day-to-day care while gaining exposure to different research projects. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in veterinary work.
We are often interested in quantifying blood parameters, such as reticulocyte (immature red blood cell) count and hemoglobin. Volunteers at our lab are given in the opportunity to conduct microscopy work and assist with running assays.