College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology
Stephan J. Schoech. Ph.D.
Stephen Schoech
Ph.D University of Washington
Phone: 901-678-2327
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Research Interests:

  • Behavioral endocrinology - the hormones and the hormonal mechanisms that mediate reproductive behaviors, especially parental and alloparental  (i. e., helping to care for non-descendant young) behaviors.
  • Physiological ecology - the effects of an animal's environment upon its physiology and the subsequent effects upon initiation of reproductive behaviors and subsequent measures of fitness.
  • Stress biology -  how the interactions between stress (e. g., corticosterone) and reproductive (e. g., testosterone and estradiol) hormones mediate an animal's reproductive effort. Also, whether developmental exposure to corticosterone results in long term phenotypic effects (i.e., alters behavioral and physiologic responses).
  • Nutritional endocrinology -  variable resource availability (inter-year or across-habitat effects) can play a role in the overall condition of an organism and this can subsequently have long-term effects upon an animal's health-state and fitness.

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