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.
Interested in joining the lab?
We're recruiting graduate students for Fall 2017!