HNSE-P4-2. The Effects of Male Olfactory Signal in Drosophila Grimshawi

Bijoux Cheun1
Maria Martinez1
Faculty Mentor: Sean Neiswenter, Ph.D.1
1 College of Sciences, School of Life Sciences

The objective of this study is to investigate the effects that lead left at shooting ranges have on local rodent populations. Shooting ranges have been shown by previous research to have a great influence on the level of lead present in nearby soils and plants. This lead contamination has also been shown to have serious consequences for fauna residing near these ranges, ranging from lead toxicity to death. Many shooting ranges exist in Southern Nevada, and we have sampled a small number of these ranges to explore the possible effects they have on nearby rodent populations. The livers of Dipodomys merriami were sampled. We intend to sample additional species and consider life histories in relation to levels of lead toxicity.

This research was funded by UNLV’s Title III Part F Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, which is housed within UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach and funded under grant (P382B160008) from the U.S. Department of Education.

This research was funded by the Southern Nevada Northern Arizona (SNNA) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), which is housed within UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach and supported by a grant (HRD – 1712523) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. 


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2 Replies to “HNSE-P4-2. The Effects of Male Olfactory Signal in Drosophila Grimshawi”

  1. This was an interesting topic that I’ve put much thought into. As a recreational shooter myself, I’ve been practicing ways I can enjoy my hobby without putting stress on the environment. I try to do my part by cleaning my area as much as possible when shooting on off range shooting sites. I also buy non lead rounds. Thanks for researching this topic.

  2. Thanks for sharing the results of your study. This problem is off the radar of most people, and policy makers need studies like yours to help them craft legislation, regulations, and other policy that effectively halts the creation and spread of this type of pollution and accelerates cleanup of contaminated sites. Nice job!

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