AREAS OF RESEARCH
A female’s response to her social environment can have lasting consequences for herself and for her offspring via hormone-mediated maternal effects. Females engaging in social competition tend to transfer more T to developing offspring and embryonic exposure to prenatal T results in numerous phenotypic changes, such as enhanced growth and more aggressive behaviors. My work explores the environmental and evolutionary factors that influence how females respond to social competition (B) and the molecular mechanisms that facilitate the ensuing phenotypic plasticity within females themselves (A) and their offspring (C). Click below to find out more about my work.
(A) Molecular mechanisms of female aggression
(B) Environmental & evolutionary determinants of transgenerational plasticity
(C) Molecular mechanisms of transgenerational behavioral plasticity