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Dr. Charles Thompson

Research Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 290.Sec 028 Research In Biological Sciences
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Directing undergraduate-, M.S.-, and Ph.D.- student research
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • The evolutionary, physiological, and behavioral ecology of birds.
  • Ph D Zoology / Ecology - 1971
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington, IN
  • MA Zoology - 1970
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • BA Zoology - 1967
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Sakaluk, S.K., Thompson, C.F. and E.K. Bowers. in press. Experimental manipulation of incubation period reveals no apparent costs of incubation in house wrens. Animal Behaviour.
  • Bowers, E.K., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2017. Interactive effects of parental age on offspring fitness and age-assortative mating in a wild bird. Journal of Experimental Zoology 327: 302-310.
  • Dorset, E.E., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2017. Behavioral plasticity in response to perceived predation risk in breeding house wrens. Evolutionary Biology 44: 227-239.
  • Will, D.S., Dorset, E.E., Thompson, C.F., Sakaluk, S.K. and E. Keith Bowers. 2017. Size of nest-cavity entrance influences male attractiveness and paternal provisioning in house wrens. Journal of Zoology 302: 1-7.
  • Bowers, E.K., Thompson C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2017. Maternal natal environment and breeding territory predict the condition and sex ratio of offspring. Evolutionary Biology 44: 11-20.
  • Bowers, E.K., Grindstaff, J.L., Soukup, S.S., Drilling, N.E., Eckerle, K.P., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2016. Spring temperatures influence selection on breeding date and the potential for phenological mismatch in a migratory bird. Ecology 97: 2880-2891.
  • 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.
  • Bowers, E.K., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2016. No effect of blood sampling or phytohaemagglutinin injection on post-fledging survival in a wild songbird. Ecology and Evolution 6: 3107-3114.
  • Bowers, E.K., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2016. Within-female plasticity in sex allocation is associated with a behavioral polyphenism in house wrens. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29: 602-616.
  • Bowers, E.K., Forsman, A.M., Masters, B.S., Johnson, B.G.P., Johnson, L.S., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2015. Increased extra-pair paternity in broods of aging males and enhanced recruitment of extra-pair young in a migratory bird. Evolution 69: 2533-2541.
  • Hodges, C.J., Bowers, E.K., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2015. Cascading costs of reproduction in female house wrens induced to lay larger clutches. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1383-1393.
  • 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.
  • Bowers, E.K., White, A., Lang, A., Podgorski, L., Thompson, C.F., Sakaluk, S.K., Jaeckle, W.B. and R.G. Harper. 2015. Eggshell porosity covaries with egg size among female house wrens (Troglodytes aedon) but is unrelated to incubation onset and egg-laying order within clutches. Canadian Journal of Zoology 93: 421-425.
  • Barnett, C.A., Suzuki, T.N., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2015. Mass-based condition measures and their relationship with fitness: in what condition is condition? Journal of Zoology 296: 1-5.
  • Bowers, E.K., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2015. Persistent sex-by-environment effects on offspring fitness and sex-ratio adjustment in a wild bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 473-486.
  • Sakaluk, S.K., Wilson, A.J., Bowers, E.K., Johnson, L.S., Masters, B.S., Johnson, B.G.P., Vogel, L.A., Forsman, A.M. and C.F. Thompson. 2014. Genetic and environmental variation in condition, cutaneous immunity, and haematocrit in house wrens. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:242.
  • Bowers, E.K., Hodges, C.J., Forsman, A.M., Vogel, L.A., Masters, B.S., Johnson, B.G.P., Johnson, L.S., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2014. Neonatal body condition, immune responsiveness, and hematocrit predict longevity in a wild bird population. Ecology 95: 3027-3034.
  • Bowers, E.K., Nietz, D, Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2014. Parental provisioning in house wrens: effects of varying brood size and consequences for offspring. Behavioral Ecology 25: 1485-1493.
  • Lothery, C.J., Thompson, C.F., Lawler, M.L. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2014. Food supplementation fails to reveal a trade-off between incubation and maintenance in female house wrens. PLoS One 9: e106260.
  • Barnett, C. A., Sakaluk, S. K. and C.F. Thompson. 2014. Aggressive displays by male house wrens are comprised of multiple components that predict attack. Journal of Field Ornithology 85: 56-62.
  • Thompson, C.F., Sakaluk, S.K., Masters, B.S., Johnson, B.P.G., Vogel, L.A., Forsman, A.M. and L.S. Johnson. 2014. Condition-dependent sex difference in nestling house wrens (Troglodytes aedon) response to phytohaemagglutinin injection. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92: 1-7.
  • Bowers, E.K., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2014. Offspring sex ratio varies with clutch size for female house wrens induced to lay supernumerary eggs. Behavioral Ecology 25: 165–171.
  • Bowers, E.K., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2013. Sibling cooperation influences age of nest leaving in an altricial bird. American Naturalist 181: 775-786.
  • Barnett, C.A., Thompson, C.F., and S.K. Sakaluk. 2012. Aggressiveness, boldness and parental food provisioning in male house wrens (Troglodytes aedon). Ethology 118: 984-993.
  • Bowers, E.K., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2012. Experimentally increased egg production constrains future reproduction of female house wrens. Animal Behaviour 83: 495-500.
  • Sutherland, J.L., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2012. No effect of carotenoid supplementation on PHA response or body condition of nestling house wrens. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 85: 21-28.
  • 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.
  • Bowers, E.K., Smith, R.A., Hodges, C.J., Zimmerman, L.M., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2012. Sex-biased terminal investment in offspring induced by maternal immune challenge in the house wren (Troglodytes aedon). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 2891-2898.
  • Bowers, E.K., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2011. Adaptive sex allocation in relation to hatching synchrony and offspring quality in house wrens. American Naturalist 177: 617-629.
  • Masters, B.S., Johnson, L.S., Johnson, B.G.P., Brubaker, J., Sakaluk, S.K. and C. F. Thompson. 2011. Evidence for heterozygote instability in microsatellite loci in house wrens. Biology Letters 7: 127-130.
  • Clairardin, S.G., Barnett, C.A., Sakaluk, S.K. and C.F. Thompson. 2011. Experimentally increased in ovo testosterone leads to increased bactericidal activity and decreased cutaneous immune response in nestling house wrens. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 2778-2782.
  • Barnett, C.A., Clairardin, S.G., Thompson, C.F., and S.K. Sakaluk. 2011. Turning a deaf ear: a test of the manipulating androgens hypothesis in house wrens. Animal Behaviour 81: 113-120.
  • Forsman, A.M., Sakaluk, S.K., Thompson, C.F, and Vogel, L.A. Cutaneous immune activity, but not innate immune responsiveness, covaries with mass and environment in nestling house wrens (Troglodytes aedon). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 83:512-518, 2010.
  • Forsman, A.M., Sakaluk, S.K., Thompson, C.F. and L.A. Vogel. 2010. Cutaneous immune activity, but not innate immune responsiveness, covaries with mass and environment in nestling house wrens (Troglodytes aedon). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 83: 512-518.
  • DeMory, M.L., Thompson, C.F. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2010. Male quality influences male provisioning in house wrens independent of attractiveness. Behavioral Ecology 21: 1156-1164.
  • Forsman, A.M., Vogel, L.A., Sakaluk, S.K., Johnson, B.G., Masters, B.S., Johnson, L.S., and Thompson, C.F. Female house wrens (Troglodytes aedon) increase the size, but not immunocompetence, of their extra-pair offspring. Molecular Ecology, 17:3697-3706, 2008.
  • Forsman, A.M., Vogel, L.A., Sakaluk, S.K., Grindstaff, J.L., and Thompson, C.F. Immune-challenged house wren broods differ in the relative strengths of their responses among different axes of the immune system. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21:873–878, 2008. (PMID 18298497)
  • Harper, R.G., Frick, J.A., Capparella, A.P., Borup, B., Nowak, M., Biesinger, D. & C.F. Thompson. 1996. Organochlorine pesiticide contamination in Neotropical migrant passerines. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 31:386-390.
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