Tel (office): (919) 513-2936
Tel (lab): (919) 515-2580
FAX: (919) 515-2698
My research interests are in the areas of molecular endocrinology, neurobiology and behavior with a primary focus on the mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior and sexuality. I am particularly interested in applying neurobiological and genomic approaches to problems in behavioral biology and behavioral evolution. My primary models have been fishes with some work on lizards and mammals.
My students and I are currently
pursuing two main projects. The first examines the
neuroendocrinology and functional genomics of sex- and role-change in a
coral reef fish (the
wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum).
A second project examines the neural and functional genomic bases of
anxiety-related behavior and stress responsiveness using domestic and
wild-derived zebrafish (Danio
rerio). Finally, my laboratory participates in work
related to developing southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, as an
aquaculture cultivar with a focus on sex determination and developing
stocks consisting of only the faster growing females.
Current NCSU Graduate Students and postdocs:
NCSU Courses taught: