Research in the Hood lab is focuses on understanding the interactions between nutrition, physiology, and individual variation in performance. Within this context we focus on 3 areas: 1) reproductive performance and life history tradeoffs, 2) maternal effects and offspring performance, and 3) milk composition and the impact of lactation on human health.

Subject areas: Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation, Evolutionary Genetics & Systematics, Host-Microbial Interactions

The questions that we address in my lab largely focus on the critical periods of growth, reproduction, and senescence.

Research in the Hood lab focuses on understanding the interactions between nutrition and energetics, physiology, and individual differences in age at first reproduction, reproductive performance, and longevity.


  • Physiological ecology of development, reproduction, longevity, and performance
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Science, Coastal Carolina University (past)

Biological Science
PhD, Boston University, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 2001
MA, Boston University, Biology, 1998
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, Marine Biology, 1993