Research & Scholarship
Research Associate–Project 2061, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), June 2007-October 2008
• Conducting science education research on student learning on the topic of ‘human body systems’ (specifically
digestion, circulation, and gas exchange).
• Participating on review panels to analyze assessment items developed and pilot-tested for middle school students
across the United States. Topics included ‘interdependence of life,’ ‘flow of matter and energy in living
systems,’ and ‘conservation of matter.’
• Developing assessment items for middle school for the topic of ‘human body systems.’
Doctoral Research–University of California-Davis, July 2001-September 2005
• Gathered knowledge about the chosen research system, the llanos, and identified questions for further study.
• Developed a research project to study the effects of land conversion on the amphibian community in the llanos
• Conducted fieldwork during three rainy seasons, June through September of 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Ecology Research Assistant–University of California-Davis, August 1999-August 2000
• Performed granivory and foraging experiments with small mammals in a national park in Chile.
• Collaborated with Argentinean, Chilean, and American biologists.
• Supervised American volunteers and taught them research methodology.
• Co-authored three publications resulting from this research.
Immunology Research Technologist–Northwestern University, July 1997-October 1998
• Studied the role of endothelial selectins in stem cell homing.
• Managed the laboratory’s genetic knockout mouse colony.
• Presented a poster at an Immunology Keystone Symposium.
Research Assistant (Howard Hughes Grant)–Colorado College, October 1996-April 1997
• Wrote a grant proposal and was awarded $2500 to conduct research.
• Conducted a study on the orientation of red blood cells in the pulmonary capillaries of rats.
• Participated, with a poster, in the Experimental Biology ’97 conference (New Orleans).
• Completed a senior thesis and presented it with slides for Biology Day.
Kelt, D. A., P. L. Meserve, L. K. Nabors, M. L. Forister, and J. R. Gutiérrez. 2004. Foraging ecology of small mammals in semiarid Chile: the interplay of biotic and abiotic effects. Ecology 85:383-397.
Kelt, D. A., P. L. Meserve, M. L. Forister, L. K. Nabors, and J. R. Gutiérrez. 2004. Seed predation by birds and small mammals in semiarid Chile. Oikos 104:133-141.
Nabors, L. K., W. A. Baumgartner, Jr., S. J. Janke, J. R. Rose, W. W. Wagner, Jr., and R. L. Capen. 2003. Red blood cell orientation in pulmonary capillaries and its effect on gas diffusion. J Appl Physiol 94:1634-1640.
Kelt, D. A., L. K. Nabors, and M. L. Forister. 2002. Size-specific differences in tail loss and escape behavior in Liolaemus nigromaculatus. Journal of Herpetology 36:322-325.
Nabors, L.K. 2003. Effects of land use change on anuran assemblages in the llanos of Venezuela. Joint
Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Manaus, Brazil.
Nabors, L. K., D. C. Bullard, and G. S. Kansas. 1998. Minimal role for endothelial selectins in resistance
to LPS-induced endotoxic shock. A Keystone Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology:
Molecular Mechanisms of Leukocyte Trafficking, Proceedings, Abstract 211, Lake Tahoe, USA.
Nabors, L. K., D. C. Erwin, W. A. Baumgartner, J. Mei, W. W. Wagner, and, R. L. Capen. 1997.
Orientation of red blood cells as they cross the pulmonary capillaries. Experimental Biology ’97,
FASEB JOURNAL, Abstract 1991, New Orleans, USA.
Nabors, L. K., (R. L. Capen). 1997. Red blood cell orientation in the pulmonary capillaries. Twenty
Second Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference,
Proceedings, p.22, Los Angeles, USA.