Ph.D. 1990, Arizona
My research centers around bi-directional interactions
between endocrinology , animal behavior and the social
environment. We are currently investigating how the social environment during
development can influence neuroendocrinology and
behaviors such as aggressive and parental behaviors, how aggressive experiences
as an adult can influence hormones and aggressive behavior in the future in
both males and females, and how hormones influence aggression and paternal
behavior. We employ a wide range of model systems that permit study of both the
mechanisms controlling behavior and the evolution of social behaviors, although
a primary focus is Peromyscus mice because species
display variation in aggressive and paternal behaviors.
(2004). c-fos changes following an aggressive
encounter in female
mice: a synthesis of behavior, hormone changes and neural activity. Neuroscience, 127, 611-24.
Bester-Meredith, J.K., Martin,
Manipulations of vasopressin alter aggression differently across testing
conditions in monogamous and non-monogamous Peromyscus mice. Aggressive Behavior, in press.
B. C., Marler, C. A., & Bird,
M. (2004). Opposing hormonal
mechanisms of aggression revealed through short-lived testosterone
manipulations and multiple winning experiences. Hormones
and Behavior, 45, 115-121.
, Bester-Meredith, J. & Trainor, B.C.
(2003). Paternal Behavior and Aggression: Endocrine Mechanisms and Nongenomic Transmission of Behavior. In
Advances in the Study of Behavior (ed. P.J.B. Slater, J.S. Rosenblatt,
, C.T. & Roper, T.J.
(2003). Arginine vasotocin interacts with the social environment to regulate
advertisement calling in the gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor). Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 61,
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