Assistant Professor Malisch and SMCM Student Kimball Published in General and Comparative Endocrinology

Submitted by Aileen Bailey on April 06, 2020 - 11:36 am
April 06, 2020
By Aileen Bailey

Jessica Malisch, assistant professor of biology, and SMCM biology major, Melanie Kimball ‘19, have recently been published in General and Comparative Endocrinology titled, “Across time and space: Hormonal variation across temporal and spatial scales in relation to nesting success.”

In this article, Malisch and colleagues repeatedly sampled corticosterone and testosterone hormone levels in a free-living population of mountain white-crowned sparrows, Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha, to understand the connection between hormone levels and reproductive fitness.  Interestingly, the researchers did not find a relationship between male hormone concentrations and home-range size or nesting success.  Malisch and colleagues recommend that future studies attend to both physiological and environmental components to better understand the connection between hormones and reproductive fitness.