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Dr. Joe Casto

Associate Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • I direct the Integrative Avian Biology Lab at ISU. We investigate the efefcts of a variety of internal and external environmental influences on behavior, development and immune function in captive and free-living birds.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 286.Sec 001 Animal Behavior
  • BSC 495.Sec 004 Graduate Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 420.04Sec 001 Graduate Seminar In Animal Behavior
  • BSC 299.Sec 001 Independent Honor Study
  • BSC 499.Sec 009 Independent Research For The Masters Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 010 Research In Biological Sciences
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Animal Behavior; Behavioral Endocrinology; Animal Communication;
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Behavioral Neuroscience; Avian Development; Behavioral Endocrinology; Ecological Immunology
  • Ph D - 2002
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore, MD
  • MS - 1991
  • Villanova University
  • Villanova, PA
  • BA - 1987
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Worcester, MA
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Pryor, L.J.E., Casto, J.M. (2015). Blood-feeding ectoparasites as developmental stressors: Does corticosterone mediate effects of infestation on nestling growth, immunity and energy availability? Journal of Experimental Zoology A, 323, 466–477.
  • Smith, A.R., Garris, P.A., Casto, J.M. (2015). Real-time monitoring of electrically evoked catecholamine signals in the songbird striatum using in vivo fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 66-67, 28-39.
  • Smith, A. R., Novak*, A., Wagner*, P., Yates*, R., Janci*, E., Bernales*, R., Dietz*, T., Earhart*, A., Fogle*, A., Fullerton*, N., Gromer*, K., Kliver*, B., Larson*, W., Ludwikowski*, J., Martini*, T., McGrath*, J., Polino*, A., Schumacher*, M., Weick*, S., Casto, J. M., Whitman, D. W. (2013). Daily temperature cycle induces daily hatching rhythm in Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers, Romalea microptera. Journal of Orthoptera Research, 22, 51-55.
  • Paitz, R.T.,Casto, J.M. (2012). The decline in yolk progesterone concentrations during development is dependent on embryonic development in the European starling. General and Comparative Endocrinology,176, 415-419.
  • Paitz, R.T., Bowden, R.M., Casto, J.M. (2011). Embryonic modulation of maternal steroids in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 278, 99-106.
  • Wang, C.X., Stroink, A., Casto, J.M., Kattner, K. (2009). Hyperthermia exacerbates ischaemic brain injury. International Journal of Stroke, 4, 274-284.
  • Jawor, J.M., McGlothlin, J.W., Casto, J.M., Greives, T.J., Snajdr, E.A., Bentley, G., Ketterson, E.D. (2007). Testosterone response to GnRH in a female songbird varies with stage of reproduction: implications for adult behaviour and maternal effects. Functional Ecology, 21, 767–775.
  • Greives*, T. J., Casto, J.M., Ketterson, E.D. (2007). Relative abundance of males to females affects behaviour, condition and immune function in a captive population of dark-eyed juncos Junco hyemalis. Journal of Avian Biology, 38, 255-260.
  • Jawor, J.M., McGlothlin, J.W., Casto, J.M., Greives, T.J., Snajdr, E.A., Bentley, G., Ketterson, E.D. (2006). Seasonal and individual variation in response to GnRH challenge in male dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 149, 182-189.
  • Zysling, D.A., Greives, T.J., Breuner, C.W., Casto, J.M., Demas, G.E., Ketterson, E.D. (2006).Behavioral and physiological responses to experimentally elevated testosterone in female dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis carolinensis). Hormones and Behavior 50, 200-207.
  • Vallejo, R., Benyamin, R., Floyd, B., Casto, J.M., Joseph, N.J. Mekhail, N. (2006). Percutaneous cement injection into a created cavity for the treatment of vertebral body fracture: preliminary results of a new vertebroplasty technique. Clinical Journal of Pain 22, 182-189.
  • Clotfelter, E.D., O’Neal*, D.O., Gaudioso*, J.M., Casto, J.M., Parker-Renga*, I.M., Snajdr, E.A., Duffy, D.L., Nolan, V., Jr, Ketterson, E.D. (2004). Consequences of elevating plasma testosterone in females of a socially monogamous songbird: evidence of constraints on male evolution. Hormones and Behavior 46, 171-178.
  • McGlothlin*, J.W., Neudorf, D.L.H. Casto, J.M., Nolan, V., Jr, Ketterson, E.D. (2004). Elevated testosterone reduces choosiness in female dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis): evidence for a hormonal constraint on sexual selection? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 271, 1377-1384.
  • Wolf*, W., Casto, J.M., Nolan, V., Jr., Ketterson, E.D. (2004). Female ornamentation and male mate choice in dark-eyed juncos. Animal Behaviour 67, 93-102.
  • Casto, J.M., Ward, O.B., Bartke, A. (2003). Play, copulation, anatomy, and testosterone in gonadally intact male rats prenatally exposed to flutamide. Physiology & Behavior 79, 633-641.
  • Grindstaff, J.L., Buerkle, C.A., Casto, J.M., Nolan, V. Jr., Ketterson, E.D. (2001). Male attractiveness and offspring sex ratio in Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 50, 312-316.
  • Casto, J.M., Nolan, V., Jr, Ketterson, E.D. (2001). Steroid hormones and immune function: experimental studies in wild and captive dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis). American Naturalist, 157, 408-420.
  • Smulders, T.V., Casto, J.M., Ketterson, E.D., Nolan, V., Jr, DeVoogd, T. (2000). Effects of captivity and testosterone on the volumes of four brain regions in the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). Journal of Neurobiology, 43, 244-253.
  • Lipar, J.L., Ketterson, E.D., Nolan, V., Jr., Casto, J.M. (1999). Egg yolk layers vary in the concentration of steroid hormones in two avian species. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 115, 220-227.
  • Casto, J.M., Ball, G.F. (1996). Early administration of 17b-estradiol partially masculinizes song control regions and a2-adrenergic receptor distribution in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Hormones and Behavior, 30, 387-406.
  • Ball, G.F., Casto, J.M., Balthazart, J. (1995). Autoradiographic localization of D1-like dopamine receptors in the forebrain of male and female Japanese quail and their relationship with immunoreactive tyrosine hydroxylase. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 9, 121-133.
  • Ball, G.F., Casto, J.M., Bernard, D.J. (1994). Sex differences in the volume of avian song control nuclei: Comparative studies and the issue of brain nucleus delineation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 19, 485-504.
  • Casto, J.M., Ball, G.F. (1994). Localization of D1 dopamine receptors in the sexually dimorphic vocal control nucleus, area X, and the basal ganglia of European starlings. Journal of Neurobiology, 25, 767-780.
  • Ball, G.F., Bernard, D.J., Casto, J.M. (1993). Neurochemistry of the avian vocal control circuit: Hormonal modulation and sex differences. Poultry Science Reviews, 5, 15-27.
  • Bernard, D.J., Casto, J.M., Ball, G.F. (1993). Sexual dimorphism in the volume of song control nuclei of European starlings: Assessment by a Nissl stain and autoradiography for muscarinic cholinergic receptors. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 334, 559-570.
  • Grisham, W., Casto, J.M., Kashon, M.L., Ward, I.L., Ward, O.B. (1992). Prenatal flutamide alters sexually dimorphic nuclei in the spinal cord of male rats. Brain Research 578, 69-74.
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