Cassandra M.V. Nuñez

Research Assistant Professor

UofM Central Campus, Life Sciences 313
Office Hours
By appointment
Dr. Cassandra Nuñez

About Dr. Nuñez

As human populations continue to grow, the management of wildlife species is becoming increasingly necessary. As stewards of wild populations, we have a responsibility to manage them with the most effective and ethical means possible. Research from the Nuñez Lab suggests that if we are to achieve this goal, we must better understand the potential individual- and population-level side-effects of our management practices. Dr. Nuñez uses feral horses (Equus caballus) as a model to incorporate the natural history, behavioral ecology, and the physiology of species to better understand these issues and to more effectively conserve and manage animal populations. Dr. Nuñez teaches BIOL 4055/6055 Ecology and Environmental Issues and BIOL 4092 Physiological Aspects of Animal Behavior. She is a member of the Animal Behavior Society and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.


B.A. Laboratory Psychology, Douglass College, Rutgers University; Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University; Post-Doctoral Fellow Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University.

Research Interests

  • Animal Behavior
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Reproductive and Stress Physiology