My research interests center on the study of animal behavior and sex determination with the goal of linking genes to behavioral and sexual phenotypes important for various adaptive challenges including mating successfully and coping with stressors.
I developed the Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience concentration for undergraduates in the Department of Biological Sciences and am an Associate Head of the Department of Biological Sciences. I teach behavioral endocrinology (BIO 434), capstone offerings (BIO 483) such as “Genes, Environment, Brain, and Behavior”, and my laboratory participates in our innovative Research PackTrack Program. I mentor undergraduate research through the NIH-sponsored IMSD program on campus, the Summer Research Program, and BIO 493 and ALS 498/499 course offerings. If you may have interest in joining the laboratory, please see the “Join the Lab” link.