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 an 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 will be researching the long-term effects on parental behavior and investment of early-life stress and sibling rivalry in 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.
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: email@example.com
Investigating abuse and personality in
the Nazca Bobby.
Nestling behavioral development
in the Caspian Tern.