Animals depend on environmental resources to breed successfully. Often these resources are limited in the wild and animals have adapted to produce costly breeding behaviors only when it is appropriate to do so. Using animals with clear-cut resource-dependent behaviors, I’ve worked to answer questions about how possession and exploration of environmental resources work with neuroendocrine systems to control the expression of sexually- and agonistically-motivated behaviors. Links to descriptions of my major research projects are below:

No resource — no courtship

Environmental cues and sexual-motivation

Previous breeding success alters territorial behavior