The Grace Lab at Texas A&M



Contact information

Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

212 Nagle Hall 2258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843


What I do

As a behavioral ecophysiologist, I am broadly interested phenotype-environment matching at the proximate and ultimate levels, and especially, the role of hormones in mediating behavioral and physiological plasticity.  The big questions of my research are: 

(1) How do animals perceive potentially informative cues? 

(2) What are the physiological mechanisms that mediate between these cues and phenotypic change? 

(3) What are the long-term fitness consequences of these changes?

My research utilizes avian systems to answer these questions, with recent study species including house sparrows, Nazca boobies, and Caspian terns. At Texas A&M I am expanding this research to include wetland systems where habitat change and pollution may be cues that induce phenotypic change.

PhD Student Opening!

The Grace Lab at Texas A&M has an opening for a PhD student to start in Spring 2018.  The project will focus on avian resilience to disturbance in grassland communities of Texas.


    Long-term effects of acute, transient
    stressors in house sparrow nestlings.

    Investigating abuse and personality in
    the Nazca Bobby.
    Nestling behavioral development
    in the Caspian Tern.