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Mariska Batavia
Irv Zucker Lab

Mariska Batavia

Email: mbatavia@berkeley.edu

Phone: (510) 642-5888

Her research: "I am interested in the evolution and development of thermoregulation in mammals. My dissertation research focuses on hibernating hamsters; I look for unique marks they leave on their teeth when they hibernate, and I hope to use these marks to study hibernation in fossil rodents."

Why she loves science: "I became interested in science because I love animals, and I find that understanding their biology and evolutionary history gives me a deeper appreciation for the natural world."

For fun: "In my free time I enjoy hiking with my dog, cooking, reading, and traveling."

Publications:

Batavia, M., G. Nguyen, and I. Zucker. 2012. Hibernation patterns of Turkish hamsters: influence of sex and ambient temperature. Journal of Comparative Physiology B. DOI 10.1007/s00360-012-0706-3.


Batavia, M., G. Nguyen, and I. Zucker. 2012. The effects of day length, hibernation, and ambient temperature on incisor dentin in the Turkish hamster (Mesocricetus brandti). Journal of Comparative Physiology B. DOI 10.1007/s00360-012-0729-9


2011. Tomiya, S., Swartz, B.A., Batavia, M. Educational values of the University of California Museum of Paleontology. University Museums and Collections Journal 3/2010: 61-66.