I am an environmental physiologist with a particular interest in how hormones support behavior and physiology in free-living birds, both within the context of their natural life-history cycle and life-history strategy. In past research projects, I have investigated the role of the stress hormone corticosterone in the support of avian migration. I have also examined the endocrinological underpinnings of territorial aggression, memory formation, and anxiogenic behavior in woodland passerines.
Currently, I serve as an Instructor of undergraduate and graduate-level courses, both on campus and in Oregon State’s Ecampus distance education program. I teach subjects ranging from introductory biology to upper-division genetics, writing in the life sciences, and physiology. Given my past research, I especially enjoy helping students explore the diverse physiological adaptations that animals employ to survive and reproduce in their natural habitats.
I am committed to the support of student success, striving to help students achieve long-term, meaningful learning through active participation, reflection, project-based learning, and a positive/inclusive emotional climate. I am a strong proponent of self-regulated learning and provide students with frequent opportunities to monitor their understanding/progress.Students who have taken my courses describe them as rigorous and challenging, but appreciate the clarity of learning objectives, the ample opportunities for peer/instructor interactions, and the chance for experiential learning and self-regulation. It has been a privilege and honor to teach students at Oregon State University over my professional career.
Mailing Address: 3029 Cordley Hall, OSU, Corvallis OR 97331