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Dr. Rachel Bowden

Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Ecological Physiology of Animals; Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy; Graduate and Undergraduate Seminars
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Maternal resource provisioning to offspring; Sex determination; Ecoimmunology
  • Post-Doc Zoology & Genetics - 2003
  • Iowa State University
  • Ph D Biology / Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - 2001
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington
  • BA Environmental, Population, and Organismal Biology - 1994
  • University of Colorado
  • Boulder
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Zimmerman, L. M., A. W. Carter, R. M. Bowden, and L. A. Vogel. 2017. Immmunocompetence in a long-lived ectothermic vertebrate is temperature dependent but shows no decline in older adults. Functional Ecology 31:1383-1389.
  • Carter, A. W., R. M. Bowden, and R. T. Paitz. 2017. Seasonal shifts in sex ratios are mediated by maternal effects and fluctuating incubation temperatures. Functional Ecology 31:876-884.
  • Palackdharry, S., B. M. Sadd, L. A. Vogel, and R. M. Bowden. 2017. The effect of environmental temperature on reptilian peripheral blood B cell functions. Hormones and Behavior 88:87-94.
  • Treidel, L. A., A. W. Carter, and R. M. Bowden. 2016. Temperature experienced during incubation affects antioxidant capacity but not oxidative damage in hatchling red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans). Journal of Experimental Biology 219:561-570.
  • Carter, A. W., R. T. Paitz, K. E. McGhee, and R. M. Bowden. 2016. Turtle hatchlings show behavioral types that are robust to developmental manipulations. Physiology & Behavior 155:46-55.
  • Strange, M.S., Bowden, R.M., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2016. Pre- and post-natal effects of corticosterone on fitness-related traits and the timing of endogenous corticosterone production in a songbird. Journal of Experimental Zoology 325A: 347-359.
  • Bowers, E.K., Bowden, R.M., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2016. Elevated corticosterone during egg production elicits increased maternal investment and promotes nestling growth in a wild songbird. Hormones and Behavior 83: 6-13.
  • Holgersson, M. C. N., W. A. Nichols, R. T. Paitz, and R. M. Bowden. 2016. How important is the eggshell as a source for initial acquisition of Salmonella in hatchling turtles? Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 325A:142-148.
  • Paez, V. P., L. Echeverri-G, B. C. Bock, R. M. Bowden, and L. Hinestroza. 2015. Preovulatory maternal effects on intra- and interpopulation variation in sex ratios and phenotypic characteristics of Magdalena River turtles (Podocnemis lewyana). Herpetologica 71:196-202.
  • Bowers, E.K., Bowden, R.M., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2015. Immune activation generates corticosterone-mediated terminal reproductive investment in a wild bird. American Naturalist 185: 769-783.
  • Paitz, R. T. and R. M. Bowden. 2015. The in ovo conversion of oestrone to oestrone sulfate is rapid and subject to inhibition by Bisphenol A. Biology Letters 11:20140946.
  • Zimmerman, L. M., R. M. Bowden, and L. A. Vogel. 2014. A vertebrate cytokine primer for eco-immunologists. Functional Ecology 28:1061-1073.
  • Bowden, R. M., A. W. Carter, and R. T. Paitz. 2014. Constancy in an inconstant world: moving beyond constant temperatures in the study of reptilian incubation. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54:830-840.
  • Paitz, R. T., S. G. Clairardin, A. C. Gould, J. W. Hicke L. M. Zimmerman, and R. M. Bowden. 2014. Corticosterone levels during the nesting process in red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta). Journal of Herpetology 48:567-570.
  • Zimmerman, L. M., R. M. Bowden, and L. A. Vogel. 2013. Red-eared slider turtles lack response to immunization with keyhole limpet hemocyanin but have high levels of natural antibodies. ISRN Zoology 2013:858941.
  • Paitz, R. T. and R. M. Bowden. 2013. Sulfonation of maternal steroids is a conserved metabolic pathway in vertebrates. Integrative and Comparative Biology 53:895-901.
  • Zimmerman, L. M., S. G. Clairardin, R. T. Paitz, J. W. Hicke, K. A. LaMagdeleine, L. A. Vogel, and R. M. Bowden. 2013. Humoral immune responses are maintained with age in a long-lived ectotherm, the red-eared slider turtle. Journal of Experimental Biology 216:633-640.
  • Clairardin, S. G., R. T. Paitz, and R. M. Bowden. 2013. In ovo inhibition of steroid metabolism by bisphenol-a as a potential mechanism of endocrine disruption. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 20131773.
  • King, R. and R. Bowden. 2013. Seasonal, condition-dependent, and individual variation in testosterone in a natricine snake. Journal of Herpetology 47:179-183.
  • Shaffer, H. B., P. Minx, D. E. Warren, A. M. Shedlock, R. C. Thomson, N. Valenzuela, J. Abramyan, D. Badenhorst, K. K. Biggar, G. M. Borchert, C. W. Botka, R. M. Bowden, E. L. Braun, A. M. Bronikowski, B. G. Bruneau, L. T. Buck, B. Capel, T. A. Castoe, M. Czerwinski, K. D. Delehaunty, S. W. Edwards, C. C. Fronick, M. K. Fujita, L. Fulton, T. A. Graves-Lindsey, R. E. Green, W. Haerty, R. Hariharan, L. W. Hillier, A. K. Holloway, D. Janes, F. J. Janzen, C. Kandoth, L. Kong, A. P. J. de Koning, Y. Li, R. Literman, S. E. McGaugh, L. Mork, M. O’Laughlin, R. T. Paitz, D. D. Pollock, C. P. Ponting, S. Radhakrishnan, B. J. Raney, J. M. Richman, J. St. John, T. Schwartz, A. Sethuraman, P.Q. Spinks, K.B. Storey, N. Thane, T. Vinar, L.M. Zimmerman, W.C. Warren, E.R. Mardis, and R. K. Wilson. 2013.The western painted turtle genome, a model for the evolution of extreme physiological adaptations in a slowly evolving lineage. Genome Biology 14:R28.
  • Huang, V., R. M. Bowden, and D. Crews. 2013. Yolk-albumen testosterone in a lizard with temperature-dependent sex determination: relation with development. General and Comparative Endocrinology 186:67-71.
  • Paitz, R. T., A. R. Sawa, and R. M. Bowden. 2012. Characterizing the metabolism and movement of yolk estradiol during embryonic development in the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta). General and Comparative Endocrinology 176:507-512
  • Haussmann, M., A. Longnecker, N. Marchetto, S. Juliano, and R. Bowden. 2012. Embryonic exposure to corticosterone modifies the juvenile stress response, oxidative stress, and telomere length. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 279:1447-1456.
  • Zimmerman, L. M., R. T. Paitz, S. G. Clairardin, L. A. Vogel, and R. M. Bowden. 2012. No evidence that estrogens affect the development of the immune system in the red-eared slider turtle, Trachemys scripta. Hormones & Behavior 62:331-336.
  • Grana, S.C., Sakaluk, S.K., Bowden, R.M., Doellman, M.A., Vogel, L.A. and C.F. Thompson. 2012. Reproductive allocation in female house wrens is not influenced by experimentally altered male attractiveness. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 1247-1258.
  • Paitz, R. T. and R. M. Bowden. 2011. Biological activity of oestradiol sulphate in an oviparous amniote: implications for maternal steroid effects. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 278:2005-2010.
  • Paitz, R. T., Bowden, R. M., and Casto, J. M. 2011. Embryonic modulation of maternal steroids in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 278:99:106.
  • McGaugh, S. E., R. M. Bowden, C-H. Kuo, and F. J. Janzen. 2011. Field-measured heritability of the threshold for sex determination in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination. Evolutionary Ecology Research 13:75-90.
  • Bowden, R. M, R. T. Paitz, and F. J. Janzen. 2011. The ontogeny of post-maturation resource allocation in a turtle. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 84:204-211.
  • 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.
  • Schwanz, L. E., R.-J. Spencer, R. M. Bowden, and F. J. Janzen. 2010. Climate and predation dominate early life demography and adult recruitment in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination: insight from a long-term study. Ecology 91:3016-3026.
  • McGaugh, S. E., L. E. Schwanz, R. M. Bowden, J. E. Gonzalez, and F. J. Janzen. 2010. Inheritance of nesting behavior across natural environmental variation in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination. Proceedings of the Royal Society London: Biological Sciences 277:1219-1226.
  • Zimmerman, L. M., L. A. Vogel, K. A. Edwards, and R. M. Bowden. 2010. Phagocytic B cells in a reptile. Biology Letters 6:270-273.
  • Paitz, R. T. and R. M. Bowden. 2010. Progesterone metabolites, "xenobiotic-sensing" nuclear receptors, and the metabolism of maternal steroids. General and Comparative Endocrinology 166:217-221.
  • Paitz, R. T., S. G. Clairardin, A. M. Griffin, M. C. N. Holgersson, and R. M. Bowden. 2010. Temperature fluctuations affect offspring sex but not morphological, behavioral, or immunological traits in the painted turtle, Chrysemys picta. Canadian Journal of Zoology 88:479-486.
  • Paitz, R. T., A. C. Gould, M. C. N. Holgersson, and R. M. Bowden. 2010. Temperature, phenotype, and the evolution of temperature-dependent sex determination: how do natural incubations compare with laboratory incubations? Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 314B:86-93.
  • Zimmerman, L. M., L. A. Vogel, and R. M. Bowden. 2010. Understanding the vertebrate immune system: insights from the reptilian perspective. Journal of Experimental Biology 213:661-671.
  • Zimmerman, L. M., R. T. Paitz, L. A. Vogel, and R. M. Bowden. 2010. Variation in the seasonal patterns of innate and adaptive immunity in the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta). Journal of Experimental Biology 213:1477-1483.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Million Dollar Club
  • ISU
  • 2015
  • Outstanding University Researcher
  • ISU
  • 2013
  • Outstanding College Researcher Award - Sciences
  • ISU College of Arts & Sciences
  • 2012