GUTZKE - I spent my professional development leave at Oregon State University
working with Dr. Robert Mason in the Department of Zoology.
The research we focused on was of two parts:
a continuation of a project on the interactions between rattlesnakes and
ophiophagic (snake-eating) king snakes; and a new project looking at the
feasibility of using Pacific range salamanders in my research on temperature
effects on metabolism. In the
former, we found that rattlesnakes react more to king snakes who had recently fed
on a snake than king snakes who had been fed exclusively on a rodent diet.
For the later, I have arranged for personnel at OSU to start sending me
salamanders from the wild to use in my experiments on metabolism.
Hopefully, these projects will result in several articles being submitted
to national journals for publication.
the greatest benefit I got from this experience was to go to a major research
institution and compare “them to us”. I
was pleasantly surprised to discover that the faculty at OSU has the same
problems and concerns as we have and that the students are of about the same
level of competence as those at the University of Memphis.
Another benefit for me was to take a break form the seemingly endless
meetings I had attended during the past two years in my capacities as
president-elect and president of the faculty senate at the U of M.