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 young 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?
As a Fondation Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), I am researching the long-term effects of early life stress on the behavior, physiology, and parental investment of wild house sparrows, within the context of the "cycle of violence".
Under an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Dissertation Improvement Grant, my PhD research at Wake Forest University investigated the proximate mechanisms through which Nazca booby nestling experiences 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.