Danielle N. Lee, Postdoctoral AssociateAnimal Behavior, Mammalogy, Behavioral Ecology
Ph.D., 2010, University of Missouri – St. Louis
My research style blends study perspectives from the three main field of animal behavior: Psychology, Ethology, and Behavioral Ecology. I conduct both field and laboratory experiments while examining proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from the perspective of the natural history of the subject. I am interested in how ecology and evolutionary components contribute to the behavior of animals. My research involves examining consistent individual variation of behavior, sometimes called Behavioral Syndromes.
My work in the Ophir lab will involve examining the African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus) to determine the extent to which they demonstrate behavioral syndromes and if there is a genetic component to the behavioral differences.
I also participate in science outreach and science communication with general audiences. More information about my research or outreach activities can be found at my blog, The Urban Scientist on the Scientific American Blog Network.
- Lee DN, Tang-Martínez Z. 2005. The Effects of early social environment on the physical development of prairie voles. (ABSTRACT) Integrated and Comparative Biology, 45(6)1031.
- Lee DN, Luis Hurtado J, Tang-Martínez Z. 2004. Pretty Boy Hypothesis: The risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases from attractive males. (ABSTRACT) Integrated and Comparative Biology, 44(6): 590.
- Ferkin MH, Lee DN, Leonard, ST. 2004. The reproductive state of female voles affects their scent marking behavior and the responses of male conspecifics to such marks. Ethology. 110:257-272.
- Lee DN. 2003. The effects of early social environment on the exploratory behavior of prairie voles. (ABSTRACT). Revista de Etologia, 5:111.