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Faculty Lecture: Alex Baugh–Do Endocrine Syndromes Underlie Behavioral Syndromes in Songbirds?
Start Date: 9/12/2017Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 9/12/2017End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:

Why is there so much variation in how animals respond to challenges? Why do individuals often vary dramatically in hormone profiles? Are these two observations linked? Here I will describe a set of studies aimed at understanding the stability and inter-relatedness of hormonal and behavioral traits using a wild European songbird.

We will explore the dynamics of the endocrine stress axis and how it relates to risk-taking, exploration, and boldness. In doing so, we will free ourselves 
of the "tyranny of the golden mean" and instead take a deep dive into the interesting biology hidden inside the error bars. 

The talk will be held in the McCabe Library Atrium.

Sept. 12
Alex Baugh
Do endocrine syndromes underlie behavioral syndromes? Decomposing notoriously variable traits in a wild songbird.
 
Why is there so much variation in how animals respond to challenges? Why do individuals often vary dramatically in hormone profiles? Are these two observations linked? Here I will describe a set of studies aimed at understanding the stability and inter-relatedness of hormonal and behavioral traits using a wild European songbird. We will explore the dynamics of the endocrine stress axis and how it relates to risk-taking, exploration and boldness. In doing so, we will free ourselves of the "tyranny of the golden mean" and instead take a deep dive into the interesting biology hidden inside the error bars. 
Sept. 12 Alex Baugh
Do endocrine syndromes underlie behavioral syndromes? Decomposing notoriously variable traits in a wild songbird.
 
Why is there so much variation in how animals respond to challenges? Why do individuals often vary dramatically in hormone profiles? Are these two observations linked? Here I will describe a set of studies aimed at understanding the stability and inter-relatedness of hormonal and behavioral traits using a wild European songbird. We will explore the dynamics of the endocrine stress axis and how it relates to risk-taking, exploration and boldness. In doing so, we will free ourselves of the "tyranny of the golden mean" and instead take a deep dive into the interesting biology hidden inside the error bars. 
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - McCabe Library
Contact Information:
Name: David Harrison
Phone: 610-328-5785
Email: harrison@swarthmore.edu
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