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Ryan L. Early

University of Alabama
Department of Biological Sciences
300 Hackberry Lane, Box 870344
Tuscaloosa, AL 35473


Taxa Studied: Vertebrate Animals, mangrove rivulus fish, convict cichlid fish, bluenose shiners, longear sunfish, California killifish
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology
Research Description: Research in the Earley laboratory occurs in both the field and the laboratory and centers around the following questions: How do early life social experiences affect the adult behavioral phenotype? How does the magnitude, duration, and timing of early life stress impact behavioral and morphological development? What are the mechanisms underlying environmental sex determination and adult sex change? Do patterns of trait covariance vary among populations exposed to different selection pressures (e.g., environmental predictability, seasonality, predation pressure, etc.)? How might patterns of trait covariance predict the magnitude and directionality of phenotypic evolution and the capacity for developmental plasticity/adult flexibility? Which ecological factors cause phenotypic shifts during adulthood? Which endocrine and neurobiological mechanisms translate early life experiences into (sometimes) wholesale changes in the behavioral phenotype?
Lab Web Page: http://bama.ua.edu/~rlearley/index.html
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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