Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Integrative biology, combining behavioral endocrinology, immunology, neuroscience, and field biology. In particular, the primary goal of my lab is to examine how maternal cues and nutritional, social, and toxicological stress alter developmental trajectory, physiological and behavioral traits in birds.

We are interested in how an individual’s phenotype, beyond its genetic programming, is shaped by maternal cues, stress hormones, and nutritional and toxicological stressors.

We study how animals modify their phenotypes in response to environmental cues through phenotypic flexibility and developmental plasticity.

My lab studies both transient and permanent effects of an environment on endocrine, immune, and nervous systems to understand the basis of inter-individual variation in organismal responses to stressors and how it relates to performances of the individuals.

Research Interests: Stress physiology, effects of stress during development on behavior and physiology, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying stress phenotype.

Research Interests:

  • Developmental stress and stress physiology
  • Developmental stress and neural plasticity

Subject area:

  • Physiological Adaptations and Functional Genomics,
  • Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation.
Past Affiliations

School of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Biological Science
PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2007
BS, University of Washington, 1999
hormones & endocrinology conservation biology physiology
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology