Presentation Title

Embryonic Heat Shock and its Effect on Adult Performance in Drosophila melanogaster

Presenter's Name(s)

Ana M. Manuelian, UVMFollow

Time

3:00 PM

Location

Silver Maple Ballroom - Biological Sciences

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment is to observe effects of embryonic heat stress on performance in Drosophila melanogaster as a means of observing traits that may underlie thermal adaptation. Dr. Lockwood’s research shows that heat stress experienced during early embryonic development causes reduced performance in larvae. Using heat shocks on 0-1 hour embryos I will determine the effects of early heat stress on larval and adult performance in differentially thermally adapted populations. Analysis of variance for pupation height and walking speed in flies from Chiapas, Mexico and Vermont, USA will be used. These results may help to explain the traits involved in thermal adaptation of Drosophila.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Brent Lockwood

Graduate Student Mentors

Emily Mikucki

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Biology

Primary Research Category

Biological Sciences

Second Program (optional)

Psychological Science

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Embryonic Heat Shock and its Effect on Adult Performance in Drosophila melanogaster

The purpose of this experiment is to observe effects of embryonic heat stress on performance in Drosophila melanogaster as a means of observing traits that may underlie thermal adaptation. Dr. Lockwood’s research shows that heat stress experienced during early embryonic development causes reduced performance in larvae. Using heat shocks on 0-1 hour embryos I will determine the effects of early heat stress on larval and adult performance in differentially thermally adapted populations. Analysis of variance for pupation height and walking speed in flies from Chiapas, Mexico and Vermont, USA will be used. These results may help to explain the traits involved in thermal adaptation of Drosophila.