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

212 Nagle Hall 2258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843

Email: jkgrace@tamu.edu





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.



    Research
    
    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.