University of Wisconsin–Madison

Catherine Marler


(608) 262-5598

526 Psychology

Research Area(s)
Biology of Brain and Behavior

Lab Website
Marler Lab

Research Interest
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.

Representative Publications
Marler, C.A., Trainor, B.C., Gleason E. D.,Bester-Meredith, J.K., & Becker, E.A. (2008) The Effects of Paternal Behavior on Offspring Aggression and Hormones in the Biparental California Mouse. In “Neurobiology of the Parental Brain” (R. Bridges, ed.), Elsevier, California.

Kime N.M., Whitney T.K., Ryan M.J., Rand A.S., & Marler C.A. (2009). Treatment with arginine vasotocin alters mating calls and decreases call attractiveness in male tungara frogs. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 165, 221-228.

Fuxjager, M.J., Mast, G., Becker, E.A. & Marler, C.A. (2009) The home advantage is necessary for a full winner effect and changes in post-encounter testosterone. Hormones and Behavior, 56, 214-219.

Gleason, E.D., Fuxjager, M.J., Oyegbile, T.O. & Marler, C.A. (2009) Testosterone release and social context: When it occurs and why. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 30, 460-469.

Fuxjager M.J. & Marler C.A. (2010). How and why the winner effect forms: influences of contest environment and species differences. Behavioral Ecology, 21, 237-45.

Becker E.A., Moore B.M., Auger C. & Marler C.A. (2010). Paternal behavior increases testosterone levels in offspring of the California mouse. Hormones and Behavior, 58, 385-389.

Gleason, E.D. & Marler, C.A. (2010). Testosterone response to courtship predicts future paternal behavior in the California mouse, Peromyscus californicus. Hormones and Behavior, 57, 147-154