My lab conducts studies of the ground squirrel retina, a rodent model of cone-dominant vision. To supply research projects (carried out in collaboration with investigators at Research I institutions), I have created a captive breeding colony of 13-lined ground squirrels, which was most recently described in a publication in the November 2012 issue of Lab Animal. The colony's expansion was made possible by a 2008 award from the NIH-NCRR Animal Facility Improvement Program, followed by AAALAC accreditation.
The colony has empowered research programs across the globe, in turn broadening my exposure to various fields of inquiry (see Recent Publications). We regularly host visiting scientists needing immediate access to biological specimens or wishing to learn first-hand about our husbandry methods.
While we continue to collaborate with vision scientists, our current emphasis is to better characterize the 13-liner's reproductive biology in captivity.