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Woolsey Prairie, Arkansas

*denotes an undergradute student;  ¥denotes a graduate student

Goodchild, C.G.¥,  DuRant S.E. In Press. Bold behavior is linked to genes that regulate energy-use but does not covary with body condition in food restricted snails. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.

Love, A.C.¥, Grisham, K.*, Krall, J.B.*, Goodchild, C.G.¥, DuRant, S.E. 2020. Perception of infection: Disease-realted social cues influence immunity in songbirds. Biology Letters, 17(6), 20210125. This publication was featured in The Atlantic

Hope, S.¥,  DuRant S.E., Hallagan, J., Beck, M. Kennamer, R., and Hopkins W. 2021. Incubation temperature as a constraint on clutch size evolution. Functional Ecology, 35, 909-919.  


Hawkins, W.*,  DuRant S.E. 2020. Applications of machine learning in behavioral ecology: Quantifying avian incubation behavior and nest conditions in relation to environamental temperature. PLoS One.

Goodchild, C.G.¥, Love, A.C..¥, DuRant S.E. 2020. Weathered crude oil ingestion disrupts cytokine signaling, lowers heterophil:lymphocyte ratio and alters activity in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Environmental Pollution. 267, 115302

Hope, S. ¥, DuRant S., Angelier, F., Hallagan, J., Moore IT., Kennamer, R., and Hopkins, W., 2020. Stress-induced prolactin levels are related to behavioral resilience to nest disturbance in a precocial bird. General and Comparative Biology, 295, 113489.


Grimaudo A*, Hope SF¥, DuRant SE, Kennamer RA, Hallagan JJ, Hopkins WA. 2020.  Ambient temperature and female body condition are related to night incubation behavior in wood ducks (Aix sponsa). J Avian Biology,


DuRant, S.E., Ashley C. Love ¥, Bryana Belin*, Doris Tamayo-Sanchez*, Michelle Santos Pacheco*, Molly J. Dickens, Rebecca M. Calisi. 2020. Captivity alters neuroendocrine regulators of stress and reproduction in the hypothalamus in response to acute stress. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 295, 113519.


Goodchild, C.G. ¥, Schmidt, L.M.*, and DuRant SE. 2020. Boldness promotes complementary morphological and behavioral antipredator traits. Animal Behavior, 164, 123-132.


Goodchild, C.G. ¥, Belden, J., and DuRant SE. 2020. Sub-lethal application of Deepwater Horizon crude oil to bird eggs reduces embryonic heart rate and metabolic rate. Conservation Biology. Doi:.og/10.1111/cobi.13539.


Goodchild CG¥, and DuRant SE. 2020. Fluorescent heme degradation products indicate oxidative stress and are linked to impaired membrane integrity in avian red blood cells. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 93, 129-139.


Hopkins WA, DuRant SE, Beck ML, Ray WK, Helm RF. 2020. Cortisol is the predominant glucocorticoid in the giant paedomorphoic hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 285, 113267,


DuRant SE, Willson JD, Carroll RB¥, 2019. Parental effects and climate change: Will avian incubation behavior shield embryos from increasing environmental temperatures? Integrative and Comparative Biology  


Hope SE¥, Beunaventura C*, Husain Z, DuRant SE, Kennamer RA, Hopkins WA, Thompson CK. 2019.  Limited Support for thyroid hormone or corticosterone related gene expression as a proximate mechanism of incubation temperature-dependent phenotypes in birds. Frontiers in Physiology,



Goodchild, C.G. ¥, Simpson, A. ¥, Minghetti, M., and DuRant, S.E., 2018. Bioenergetics-Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP): incorporating energetic endpoints into risk assessment for chronic exposure scenarios. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 38, p. 27-45. 


Hope, S.F. ¥, DuRant S.E., Hallagan, J.J., Beck, M.L., Kennamer, R.A., and Hopkins W.A., 2018. Free-moving artificial eggs containing temperature loggers reveal remarkable within-clutch variance in incubation temperature. Journal of Avian Biology. Doi: 10.1111/jav.01685.


Carroll, Rachel ¥, Davis, C.A., Fuhlendorf, S. D. Elmore, R. D., DuRant, S.E., and Carroll J. M. 2018. Avian parental behavior and nest success is influenced by temperature fluctuations. J Thermal Biol, 74, 140-148.


Calisi, R.M. and a Working Group of Mothers in Science 2018. How to tackle the Childcare-conference conundrum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1803153115.



Love, A.C. ¥, Lovern, M.B., DuRant, S.E., 2017. Captivity influences immune responses, stress endocrinology, and organ size in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 252, 18-26.



DuRant, S.E., Bauer, C.M., Arciniega, M.*, Romero, L.M.  2016. A test of reactive scope: reducing reactive scope causes delayed wound healing. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 236, 115-120.


DuRant, S.E., Hopkins W.A., Carter, A.W.*, Kirkpatrick, L.T., Navara, K.J., Hawley, D.M. 2016. Incubation temperature causes skewed sex ratios in a precocial bird. Journal of Experimental Biology, 219, 1961-1964.


DuRant, S.E., de Bruijn, R., Tran, M.*, Romero, L.M. 2016.  Wound-healing ability is conserved during periods of chronic stress and costly life history events in a wild-caught bird. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 229, 119-126.



DuRant, S.E., Hopkins, W.A., Davis, A.K., Romero, L.M. 2015. Evidence of ectoparasite-induced endocrine disruption in an imperiled giant Salamander, the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, 2297-2304.


Lattin, C.R., DuRant, S.E., Romero, L.M. 2015. Wounding alters blood chemistry parameters and skin mineralcorticoid receptors in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Journal of Experimental Zoology A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology, 323, 322-330.



Carter, A.W.*, Hopkins, W.A., I. T. Moore, S.E. DuRant. 2014. Influence of incubation recess patterns on incubation period and hatchling traits in wood ducks Aix sponsa. Journal of Avian Biology. 45, 273-279. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2013.00275.x


DuRant, S.E., A. W. Carter*, R. J. Denver, G. R. Hepp, and W.A. Hopkins.  2014. Is thyroid hormone an upstream mechanism for incubation temperature-induced phenotypes in birds? Biology Letters. 10 (1); doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0950



Carter, A.W.*, S.E. DuRant, G.R. Hepp, W.A. Hopkins. 2013. Thermal challenge severity differentially influences wound healing in Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) ducklings. Journal of Experimental Zoology A, 319, 422-429.


DuRant, S.E., W.A. Hopkins, A. W. Carter*, C. M. Stachowiak*, and G.R. Hepp. 2013. Incubation conditions are more important in determining early thermoregulatory ability than post hatch resource conditions in a precocial bird. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 86, 410-420.


DuRant, S. E., W. A. Hopkins, J. R. Walters, and G. R. Hepp. 2013. Ecological, evolutionary, and conservation implications of incubation temperature-dependent phenotypes in birds.  Biological Reviews, 88: 499-509.


DuRant, S.E., W.A. Hopkins, G.R. Hepp, and L. M. Romero. 2013. Energetic constraints and parental care: is corticosterone an important mediator of incubation behavior in a precocial bird? Hormones and Behavior, 63: 385-391.



Hawley, D.M., S.E. DuRant, A.F. Wilson*, J. Adelman, and W.A. Hopkins. 2012. Cold stress mediates host pathology and immunity but not energetic cost or pathogen load in response to an infectious disease in house finches.  Functional Ecology, 26: 701-710.


C. L. Wack, S. E. DuRant, W. A. Hopkins, M. B. Lovern, R.C. Feldhoff, and S. K. Woodley. 2012. Elevation of plasma corticosterone to physiologically relevant levels increased metabolic rate in a terrestrial salamander. Comparative and Biochemical Physiology A, 161: 153-158.


DuRant, S.E., W.A. Hopkins, A.F. Wilson*, G.R. Hepp. 2012. Incubation temperature affects the metabolic cost of thermoregulation in a young precocial bird. Functional Ecology, 26: 416-422.


DuRant, S.E., W.A. Hopkins, D.M. Hawley,  and G.R. Hepp. 2012. Incubation temperature affects multiple measures of immunocompetence in Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) ducklings. Biology Letters, 8: 108-111.


Hopkins, W.A. and S.E. DuRant. 2011. Innate immunity and stress physiology of eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) from two stream reaches with differing habitat quality.  General and Comparative Endocrinology, 174: 107-115.


DuRant, S.E., W.A. Hopkins, G.R. Hepp. 2011. Embryonic developmental patterns and energy expenditure are affected by incubation temperature in wood ducks (Aix sponsa). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 84(5): 451-457. *Journal Cover*


Duncan, M. B., S. E. DuRant, B. J. Ostby, J. H. Roberts, and J.D. Willson. 2011. A multi-taxa survey of biota and biotic integrity in Passage Creek (Potomac drainage), Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist, 18(3): 357-369.


Hopkins, B.C*, S.E. DuRant, G. R. Hepp, and W. A. Hopkins. 2011. Incubation temperature influences locomotor performance in young Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa). Journal of Experimental Zoology, 315: 274-279.



DuRant, S.E., G.R. Hepp, I.T. Moore, B.C. Hopkins*, W.A. Hopkins. 2010. Slight differences in incubation temperature affect early growth and stress endocrinology in wood duck (Aix sponsa) ducklings. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213: 45-51.


DuRant, S.E., W.A. Hopkins, 2008. Amphibian predation on mosquito larvae.  Canadian Journal of Zoology, 86: 1159—1164.


DuRant S.E., W.A. Hopkins, L.G. Talent, L.M. Romero.  2008.  Effect of exogenous corticosterone on respiration in a reptile. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 156: 126-133.


DuRant S.E., W.A. Hopkins, L.G. Talent.  2007.  Impaired terrestrial and arboreal locomotor performance in the western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) after exposure to an AChE-inhibiting pesticide. Environmental Pollution. 149: 18-24.


DuRant S.E., W.A. Hopkins, L.G. Talent.  2007.  Energy acquisition and allocation in an ectothermic predator exposed to a common environmental stressor. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. 145C: 442-448.


Roe, J.H., W.A. Hopkins, S.E. DuRant, J.M Unrine. 2006. Effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on recruitment and life history characteristics of salamanders developing in temporary wetlands.  Aquatic Toxicology. 79:176-184.


Hopkins, W.A., S.E. DuRant, B.P. Staub, C.L. Rowe, B.P. Jackson.  2006. Reproduction, Embryonic Development, and Maternal Transfer of Trace Elements in the Amphibian Gastrophryne carolinensis.  Environmental Health Perspectives.  114(5):661-666.


Hopkins, W.A., C.T. Winne, S.E. DuRant. 2005. Differential swimming performance of two Natricine snakes exposed to a cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticide. Environmental Pollution.133:531-540.


Litzgus, J.D., S.E. DuRant, T. A. Mousseau.  2004. Clinal variation in body and cell size in a widely distributed vertebrate ectotherm. Oecologia 140:551-558.

Book Chapters


Wada, H., DuRant, S.E., McNabb, F.M.A. 2018. Altricial and Precocial Development in Birds.  In M.K. Skinner (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Reproduction. Vol. 6, pp. 50-56.

G.R. Hepp, DuRant, S.E., W.A. Hopkins 2015. Influence of incubation temperature on offspring phenotype and fitness in birds. In: Nests, Eggs, and Incubation: Incubating New Ideas about Avian Reproduction, D.C. Deeming and S.J. Reynolds (eds), pp171-178. Oxford University Press

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