It is important that I perform my experiments in the field to ensure that the mantis shrimps' behaviors are natural. The species of mantis shrimp that have spectacular vision are only found in tropical waters. Thus, to study their communication, my colleague and I will travel to Belize and set up experiments in the field.
Belize is an ideal location for this project because I have already performed preliminary studies there. This means I know how and where to find my study species and, have knowledge of the field site that will be essential for setting up experiments.
The funding requested for this project will be used to cover return travel for my colleague and I to the Smithsonian Field Station in Belize.The remainder of the requested funds will cover bench fees and research permit fees required for two to work at the field station. This field station provides excellent facilities and equipment for our use.
Stretch goal - $4,540: I am very excited that we have reached the target and it is fantastic to see some extra donations coming it. So I wanted to set a stretch goal and let everyone know the extra money will be put to good use.
Along with the fieldwork component in Belize, I will be doing research in the lab at university. To do this, I need to set up an aquarium system to house mantis shrimp. I currently require 5 aquarium set ups (each costs $120), and 20 shrimp ($150 including shipping). This is a total of $750, and the extra funds will go towards this. Please check out the lab notes to find out about the lab experiments!