Influence of Social Environment during Development on Neuroendocrinology and Behavior
Office Phone: (608) 262-5598
Research Strength: Behavior: Cognition and Emotion
My research centers around bi-directional interactions between endocrinology, animal behavior, and the social environment. We are currently investigating how the social environment during development can influence neuroendocrinology and behaviors such as aggressive and parental behaviors, how aggressive experiences as an adult can influence hormones and aggressive behavior in the future in both males and females, and how hormones influence aggression and paternal behavior. We employ a wide range of model systems that permit study of both the mechanisms controlling behavior and the evolution of social behaviors, although a primary focus is Peromyscus mice because species display variation in aggressive and paternal behaviors.
- Trainor, B.C., C.A. Marler, and I.M. Bird. 2004. Opposing hormonal mechanisms of aggression revealed through short-lived testosterone manipulations and multiple winning experiences. Hormones and Beh. 45: 115-121.
- Davis, E. and C.A. Marler. 2004. C-fos changes following an aggressive encounter in female California mice: A synthesis of behavior, hormone changes and neural activity. Neurosci. 127: 611-624.
- Bester-Meredith, J. and C.A. Marler. 2003. Vasopressin and the transmission of paternal behavior across generations in mated cross-fostered Peromyscus mice. Beh. Neurosci. 117: 455-463.
- Bester-Meredith, J. and C.A. Marler. 2001. Vasopressin and aggression in cross-fostered California mice and white-footed mice. Hormones and Beh. 40: 51-64.
- Trainor, B.C. and C.A. Marler. 2001. Testosterone, paternal behavior, and aggression in the monogamous California mouse, Peromyscus californicus. Hormones and Beh. 40: 32-42.
- Klomberg, K. and C.A. Marler. 2000. Increasing arginine vasotocin causes male call advertisement changes characteristic of calls preferred by female gray treefrogs, Hyla versicolor. Animal Beh. 59: 807-812.