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Ecological and Physiological Development: From molecules to ecosystems

I am interested in understanding the physiological and ecological mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity, as well as the fitness consequences of these observed plastic responses. My research focuses on how the neuroendocrine stress axis interacts with other physiological systems to mediate developmental, behavioral, and physiological responses to environmental conditions in vertebrates. I am also interested in understanding how environmental conditions experienced during early developmental can alter behavior, growth, reproduction, and overall fitness during later life stages.

To address these questions, I primarily study amphibians, but I have also worked with mammals, birds, and fish. My broad training gives me the unique ability to integrate molecular, developmental, physiological, behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives in my research program, and I have successfully published my work in quality journals that span these fields.