The primary focus of our laboratory is the study of neuroendocrine-immune interactions and behavior in an ecologically relevant context.

Research areas:

  • Behavior
  • Ecology

The primary focus of our laboratory is the general area of “ecological physiology.” Specifically, we study the interactions among the nervous, endocrine and immune systems and behavior in a variety of ecologically-relevant environmental contexts using the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) as our model system.

Current Projects:

  • Microbiome Influences on the Neuroendocrine Regulation of Social Behavior
  • Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Seasonal Aggression

Research Interests: evolution; ecology; behavior

Subject Areas:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Ecology
  • Hormones and Behavior
  • Mechanism of Behavior

Research Interests:

  • behavioral endocrinology, neuroendocrine-immune interactions, aggression, biological rhythms, seasonality

Subject Area

  • Biology

Research Interests

  • evolution; ecology; behavior
Past Affiliations
Biological Science, Biological Science, Animal Science, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1998
MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1994
MS, Villanova University , 1993
BA, Millersville University, 1991
animal behavior or ethology immunology neuroimmunology hormones & endocrinology neuroscience

Reserach Award, American Physiological Society (Indiana University Bloomington), 2002

Frank Beach Award, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (Indiana University Bloomington), 2002

Younr Investigator Award, North American Association for the Study of Obesity (Georgia State University), 2001

Dissertation Improvement Award, American Psychological Society (Johns Hopkins University), 1998

American Physiological Society
American Society of Mammalogists
Animal Behavior Society
Indiana Academy of Science
Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology
Society for Neuroscience