What I do

As a behavioral endocrinologist, I am broadly interested in the ultimate consequences and proximate causation of behavioral strategies.  The majority of my research has focused on the nestling period in birds, because this is a critical time in which individuals integrate information about the state of their environment and their potential adult condition to develop adult behavioral strategies. As a postdoctoral fellow I am researching the long-term effects of early life stress on the behavior, physiology, and parental investment of wild house sparrows.  Under an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Dissertation Improvement Grant, my PhD research at Wake Forest University has investigated the proximate mechanisms through which nestling experience influence adult phenotype, and variation in fitness due to these altered phenotypes, using behavioral, endocrine, and genetic techniques.  At Willamette University, my research focused on the lateralization of prey delivery and the development of prey manipulation skills in Caspian terns. 

Contact information

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé 

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Station d’Écologie de Chizé-La Rochelle

CNRS UMR 7372, 79360 Villiers-en-Bois, France

E- mail: jkgrace7@gmail.com

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