Alumni
MSc 2012 

Tel: 604.822.8181
Fax: 604.822.8180
E-mail: e.atwood@oceans.ubc.ca

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Trites

Education: BA – Psychology (University of Colorado 2006);

Research Interests: Hormones in northern fur seals

Research Area: Alaska, California


Are northern fur seals suffering from nutritional stress?

Approach

I process scat taken from St. Paul, Bogoslof and San Miguel Islands and measure hormone levels using radioimmunoassays.

Preliminary Findings

There seem to be some robust sex differences, even within animals at a given population.

Publications

Allen R.M., Uban K.A., Atwood E.M., Albeck D.S., Yamamoto D.J.
Continuous intracerebroventricular infusion of the competitive NMDA receptor antagonist, LY235959, facilitates escalation of cocaine self-administration and increases break point for cocaine in Sprague-Dawley rats
(2007) Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 88 (1), pp. 82-88.Continuous Intracerebroventricular Administration of the Competitive NMDA Receptor Antagonist, LY 235959, Facilitates the Escalation of Cocaine Self-Administration and Leads to Increase in Break Point when Rats self-administer in Long Access (6 hr) Self-Administration Sessions.

R.M. Allen, K.A. Uban, E.M. Atwood, D.S. Albeck, D.J. Yamamoto. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, 2006.

The Effects of NMDA Receptor Antagonism in the Cerebral Ventricles and Nucleus Accumbens on the Escalation of Cocaine Consumption. E.M. Atwood, K.A Uban, D.S. Albeck, and D.J. Yamamoto, R.M. Allen. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO, 2007.

Presentations

Testing the nutritional-stress hypothesis in northern fur seals.  Oral presentation at the Marine Mammal Symposium, Vancouver, BC, 2008.

E.M. Atwood, K.A Uban, D.S. Albeck, and D.J. Yamamoto, R.M. Allen. The Effects of NMDA Receptor Antagonism in the Cerebral Ventricles and Nucleus Accumbens on the Escalation of Cocaine Consumption. Poster presentation at the Research and Creative Activities Day, University of Colorado at Denver, CO, 2007.

 

E.M. Atwood, K.A Uban, D.S. Albeck, and D.J. Yamamoto, R.M. Allen. The Effects of NMDA Receptor Antagonism in the Cerebral Ventricles and Nucleus Accumbens on the Escalation of Cocaine Consumption. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO, 2007.

R.M. Allen, K.A. Uban, E.M. Atwood, D.S. Albeck, D.J. Yamamoto Continuous Intracerebroventricular  Administration of the Competitive NMDA Receptor Antagonist, LY 235959, Facilitates the Escalation of Cocaine Self-Administration and Leads to Increase in Break Point when Rats self-administer in Long Access (6 hr) Self-Administration Sessions. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, 2006.

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Photo credits
From top to bottom of page: Jonathan Epp, http://blog.rv.net/tag/pribilof-islands/