NEW: Graduate student positions availalble

September 11, 2020

We are recruiting M.S. and/or Ph.D. students to study the relationships between cellular and organismal stress responses and test the new Damage-Fitness Model on a NSF-funded project! Please see the "Join the lab" tab for details.

About us...

August 22, 2016

We study how animals modify their phenotypes in response to environmental cues through phenotypic flexibility and developmental plasticity. When animals encounter environment that is new or outside of the norm, the balance between animal’s phenotype and surrounding environment is disrupted.  In response, animals modify their physiology and behavior to best match the environment, often through activating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. If this phenotypic plasticity takes place in parents, it may serve as a forecast of future environment for developing animals through maternal effects. Early-life environments provided by parents or influenced by other factors may directly cause irreversible phenotypic change in young animals. My lab studies both transient and permanent effects of an environment on endocrine, immune, and nervous systems to understand the basis of inter-individual variation in organismal responses to stressors and how it relates to performances of the individuals.

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2008-05-11 TRES female with nestlings.JPG

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2008-05-12 TRES egg hatching.JPG

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2006-06-22 (1) NWCS D8-9 nestling close-up 1.JPG

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Research related to how developmental environments alter stress physiology

Research related to how early-life environments affect song learning and neurogenesis

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