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Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Carol Vleck

Visit my homepage at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cvleck/

My research interests span several related areas of physiological ecology. I draw on the disciplines of physiology, endocrinology, behavior, ecology, and evolution. My general goal is to understand the physiological mechanisms that underlie organismal-level phenomena having to do with reproduction and survival. Current research interests in my lab group include hormonal control of parental behavior, the effects of age and life span on telomere biology, the cause and effects of stress response in free-living animals, the allocation of time and energy resources during reproduction, and comparative aspects of immune function and oxidative damage. We use a combination of field and lab techniques and work on a variety of avian species from penguins and procellariiforms to passerines.

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