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News Archive


March 2017

New paper out in General and Comparative Endocrinology: Pre-GnRH and GnRH-induced testosterone levels do not vary across behavioral contexts: a role for individual variation. Click here for more. 

January 2017

I am now at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. I am part of the Biological Sciences Department, teaching several classes this spring and fall.

July/August 2016

I recently gave a talk at the Animal Behavior Society Conference in Columbia, MO, about repeatability in testosterone levels in eastern bluebirds.

July 2016

I successfully defended my dissertation! I am currently seeking postdoc positions. Please contact me ( if you are interested in collaborating.

November 2015

I traveled to friendly Fargo, ND to learn qPCR techniques to measure telomere lengths in the lab of Dr. Britt Heidinger. It was a wonderful experience and I got to meet a lot of great people!

April 2015

I received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for $18,750. They will use eastern bluebirds to explore how behavior and physiology, particularly testosterone production, impact telomere length, a trait that is important for longevity. I am so grateful to have been selected for this prestigious award!


I was also awarded a Robberson Summer Dissertation Fellowship award from the OSU Graduate College!

January and February 2015

I wrote a press release about Dr. Jenny Ouyang's research on hormonal similarity in birds. Read it here.


I also presented at the annual SICB meeting and at OSUs research symposium about brood size, corticosterone, and parental care.

5 December 2014

My undergraduate, Erin, won first place for her poster on flight initiation distance in eastern bluebirds at the Karen L. Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium!

11 October 2014

I presented a talk about the effect of brood size manipulation on nestling corticosterone at the Oklahoma Ornithological Society Fall Meeting...and won first place!



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