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

Research Interests:

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

Subject area:

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

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

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.

Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Sciences and Mathematics, Auburn University

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