Examining the Influence of Isolation on Gender Role in Helisoma trivolvis

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3M Small Scale Grant

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Project Description

Cynthia Norton, Professor of Biology, and Briana Brady, student researcher, received a $2,000 award from the 3M Small Scale Grant program to investigate reproductive behavior in the hermaphroditic freshwater snail, Helisoma trivolvis. The project will investigate the influence of isolation time (without access to a mating partner) on gender role in Helisoma trivolvis. They will isolate snails for varying lengths of time (1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks), measure and pair them to remove size as a factor, and observe mating to determine gender role.

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