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Last updated: 7/7/2020

Active Research Interests:

  • Relationships between morphological, physiological, and behavioral specialization in arthropods, with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in solitary bees

Publications:

8. Barrett M, McNair C, Caponera V, O’Donnell S, Marenda D (2020). Potential for use of erythritol as a socially-transferrable ingested insecticide for ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, toaa019.

7. Barrett MCOFiocca KCO, Waddell E, McNair C, O’Donnell S, Marenda D (2019). Larval mannitol diets increase mortality, prolong development, and decrease adult body sizes in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). Biology Open, 8:bio047084. DOI: 10.1242/bio.047084.

6. O’Donnell S, Bulova S, Barrett M, Fiocca K (2019). Brain structure differences between solitary and social wasp species are independent of body size allometry. Journal of Comparative Physiology, DOI: 10.1007/s00359-019-01374-w.

5. Caponera V, Barrett M, O’Donnell S, Marenda D (2019). Erythritol causes concentration-dependent mortality in the Eastern subterranean termite (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, toz260.

4. Fiocca KCO, Barrett MCO, Waddell E, McNair C, O’Donnell S, Marenda D (2019). Mannitol ingestion causes concentration-dependent, sex-biased mortality in adults of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). PLoS One, 14:e0213760.

3. O’Donnell S, Bulova S, Barrett M, von Beeren C (2018). Worker-caste differences in brain investment reflect soldier behavioral specialization (Eciton army ants, Formicidae: Dorylinae). BMC Zoology, 3:3.

2. O’Donnell S, Bulova S, Barrett M, Fiocca K (2018)Size constraints and sensory adaptation in brain architecture (paper wasps – Vespidae: Epiponini). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 132:302-10.

1. O’Donnell S, Bulova S, DeLeon S, Barrett M, Fiocca K (2017). Caste differences in the mushroom bodies of swarm-founding paper wasps: implications for brain plasticity and brain evolution (Vespidae, Epiponini). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71:116.

Grants/Awards:

2020 Microscopy Training Fellowship – $1,000; Principal Investigator; Funder: American Microscopical Society

2020 Robert L. and Louise B. Jeanne Social Wasp Research Grant – $2,500; Principal Investigator; Funder: International Union for the Study of Social Insects

2020 PEO Scholar Award – $15,000; Principal Investigator; Funder: International Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood

2020 Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant – $1,000; Principal Investigator; Funder: Animal Behavior Society, USA

2019 SysEB Student Research Travel Award – $1,450; Principal Investigator; Entomological Society of America, Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section, USA

2019 American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Grant – $2,100; Principal Investigator; Funder: American Philosophical Society, PA

2018 Eva Crane Trust Research Grant – $10,554.74; Co-PI with Dr. Dane Ward; Funder: Eva Crane Trust, UK

2018 Huyck Preserve Research Grant – $2,500; Principal Investigator; Funder: Huyck Preserve, NY

2014 Student Research Grant – $500; Student Researcher; SUNY Geneseo, NY

Awards in Support of Travel

2019 Drexel Teck-Kah Lim Graduate Student Domestic Travel Subsidy Award, Drexel University – $600

2018 USDA-AFRI Travel Award, IUSSI-North American Section – $1,500

2018 International Travel Award, Drexel University – $750

2017-9 Drexel Department of Biology Travel Awards, Drexel University – $750

2017 Three Rivers Evolution Event Travel Award, ASN – $200

2015 Student Travel Grant, SUNY Geneseo – $500

Conference Organizing Awards

2018 Entomological Society of America Support of Small Meeting Sponsorship (as part of Social Insects in the North-East Regions meeting organizing committee), ESA

2018 IUSSI Support of Small Meeting Award (as part of Social Insects in the North-East Regions meeting organizing committee), International Union for the Study of Social Insects

2018 ASN Conference Award (as part of Evolution in Philadelphia Conference organizing committee), American Society of Naturalists

2018 Small Meeting Award (as part of Social Insects in the North-East Regions meeting organizing committee), Company of Biologists

2018 GSA Career Development Symposia Award (as part of Evolution in Philadelphia Conference organizing committee), Genetics Society of America