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Avian Ecology Laboratory Alumni

Emerson Keith Bowers

M.S., 2011; Ph.D., 2014;

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2015-2016

 

Visit Keith's web page:

www.ekbowers.com

Parental investment, sibling competition, maternal effects, and sex allocation

 

Recipient of the 2016 John Maynard Smith Prize from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

http://eseb.org/prizes-funding/john-maynard-smith-prize/

 

To find a list of Keith's publications, visit his web site

www.ekbowers.com/publications


Beth Weber

M.S., 2018

Pre- and post-natal effects of experimentally increased maternal corticosterone on growth and development

Hodges, C.J., D.M. Poorboy, B.M. Weber, and C.F. Thompson. 2019. Beak abnormality hinders provisioning ability and reduces body condition of a female house wren (Troglodytes aedon). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131: in press.

Weber, B.M., E.K. Bowers, K.A. Terrell, J.F. Falcone, C.F. Thompson, and S.K. Sakaluk. 2018. Pre- and postnatal effects of experimentally manipulated maternal corticosterone on growth, stress reactivity and survival of nestling house wrens. Functional Ecology 32: 1995-2007.


Dylan Poorboy
M.S., 2018

Effects of territory quality on pre- and post-natal parental investment

Hodges, C.J., D.M. Poorboy, B.M. Weber, and C.F. Thompson. 2019. Beak abnormality hinders provisioning ability and reduces body condition of a female house wren (Troglodytes aedon). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131: in press.

Poorboy, D.M., E.K. Bowers, S.K. Sakaluk, and C.F. Thompson. 2018. Experimental cross-fostering of eggs reveals effects of territory quality on reproductive allocation. Behavioral Ecology 29: 1190-1198.


Darren S. Will

B.S. (Honors), 2016

 

Influence of the size of the nest-cavity entrance on male attractiveness and nestling provisioning

 

 

Will, D.S., E.E. Dorset, C.F. Thompson, S.K. Sakaluk, and E.K. Bowers. 2017. Size of nest-cavity entrance influences male attractiveness and paternal provisioning in house wrens. Journal of Zoology 302: 1-7.


Erin E. Dorset

M.S., 2015

 

Behavioral plasticity in response to perceived predation risk

Publications

Dorset, E.E., S.K. Sakaluk, 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., E.E. Dorset, C.F. Thompson, S.K. Sakaluk, and E.K. Bowers. 2017. Size of nest-cavity entrance influences male attractiveness and paternal provisioning in house wrens. Journal of Zoology 302: 1-7.


Meghan S. Strange
M.S., 2015

Pre- and post-natal effects of corticosterone on fitness-related traits in nestlings

Publications

Strange, M.S., R.M. Bowden, C.F. Thompson, 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


Christine J. Hodges
M.S., 2014

(aka The Wren Whisperer)

What limits clutch size?

Publications

Hodges, C.J., D.M. Poorboy, B.M. Weber, and C.F. Thompson. 2019. Beak abnormality hinders provisioning ability and reduces body condition of a female house wren (Troglodytes aedon). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131: in press.

Hodges, C.J., E.K. Bowers, C.F. Thompson, 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

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Bowers, E.K., C.J. Hodges, A.M. Forsman, L.A. Vogel, B.S. Masters, B.G.P. Johnson, L.S. Johnson, C.F. Thompson, 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., R.A. Smith, C.J. Hodges, L.M. Zimmerman, C.F. Thompson, 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, Series B 279: 2891-2898.


Cassie J. Lothery
M.S., 2012

Food supplementation effects on female incubation behavior and plasma corticosterone levels

Cassie Lothery

Publications

Lothery, C.M., C.F. Thompson, M.L. Lawler, and S.K. Sakaluk. 2014. Food suppmentation fails to reveal a trade-off between incubation and self-maintenance in female house wrens. PLoS ONE 9(9): e106260.


Craig R. A. Barnett
Post-doctoral Fellow, 2008-2010

Visit Craig's web page:
http://optimalforager.wordpress.com/


Adult aggressive and provisioning behavior and nestling begging


House wren publications


Barnett, C.A., T.N. Suzuki, S.K. Sakaluk, and C.F. Thompson. 2015. Mass-based conditon measures and their relationship with fitness: in what condition is condition? Journal of Zoology 296: 1-5.


Barnett, C.A., S.K. Sakaluk, and C.F. Thompson. 2014. Aggressive displays by male house wrens are composed of multiple components that predict attack. Journal of Field Ornithology 85: 56-62.

Barnett, C.A., C.F. Thompson, and S.K. Sakaluk. 2012. Aggressiveness, boldness and parental food provisioning in male house wrens (Troglodytes aedon). Ethology 118: 984-993.

Barnett, C.A., S.G. Clairardin, C.F. Thompson, and S.K. Sakaluk. 2011. Turning a deaf ear: a test of the manipulating androgens hypothesis. Animal Behaviour 81: 113-120.

Clairardin, S.G., C.A. Barnett, S.K. Sakaluk, and C.F. Thompson. 2011. Experimentally increased in ovo testosterone leads to increased plasma bactericidal activity and decreased cutaneous immune response in nestling house wrens. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 2778-2782.


Jennifer Sutherland
M.S., 2010

Effects of dietary carotenoid supplementation on nestling immune function


Publications

Sutherland, J.L., C.F. Thompson, 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.


Megan L. DeMory
M.S., 2009

Effect of male attractiveness on paternal care

Publications

DeMory, M.L., C.F. Thompson, and S.K. Sakaluk. 2010. Male quality influences male provisioning in house wrens independent of attractiveness. Behavioral Ecology 21: 1156-1164.


Susan C. Grana
M.S., 2009

Effect of manipulating male attractiveness on maternal resource allocation to offspring

Publications

Grana, S.C., S.K. Sakaluk, R.M. Bowden, M.A. Doellman, L.A. Vogel, 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.


Anna M. Forsman
M.S., 2007

Immune response and body condition of within-pair and extra-pair sired nestlings

Publications

Bowers, E.K., A.M. Forsman, B.S. Masters, B.G.P. Johnson, L.S. Johnson, S.K. Sakaluk, 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.

Sakaluk, S.K., A.J. Wilson, E.K. Bowers, L.S. Johnson, B.S. Masters, B.G.P. Johnson, L.A. Vogel, A.M. Forsman, 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., C.J. Hodges, A.M. Forsman, L.A. Vogel, B.S. Masters, B.G.P. Johnson, L.S. Johnson, C.F. Thompson, and S.K. Sakaluk. 2014. Neonatal body condition, immune responsiveness, and hematocrit predict longevity in a wild bird population. Ecology 95: 3027-3034.

Thompson, C.F., S.K. Sakaluk, B.S. Masters, B.G.P. Johnson, L.A. Vogel, A.M. Forsman, L.S. Johnson. 2014. Condition-dependent sex difference in nestling house wren (Troglodytes aedon) response to phytohaemagglutinin injection. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92: 1-7.

Forsman, A.M., S.K. Sakaluk, C.F. Thompson, 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.

Forsman, A.M., L.A. Vogel, S.K. Sakaluk, B.G. Johnson, B.S. Masters, L.S. Johnson, and C. F. Thompson. 2008. Female house wrens (Troglodytes aedon) increase the size, but not immunocompetence, of their offspring through extra-pair mating. Molecular Ecology 17: 3697-3706.

Forsman, A.M., L.A. Vogel, S.K. Sakaluk, J.L. Grindstaff, and C.F. Thompson. 2008. 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.