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Professor of Ecology & Evolution and Physiology

Current Research

  • Epigenetic changes in natural populations:
    • the impact high predation risk on the snowshoe hare cycle
    • the impact of density and social structure on meadow vole population demography
    • nutrition and maternal effects
  • The impact of the chronic stress on population demography, on maternal effects, and on brain organization and function.
  • Sublethal effects of predators
  • The impact of the stress axis on the rate of senescence (aging).
  • The impact of reproduction on the stress axis and the rate of aging.
  • Maternal effects, stress and fitness impacts in red squirrels.
  • Evolution of the stress axis
  • The role of Adrenal Androgens in Life History Processes