North Dakota State University
Department of Biological Sciences
Tim’s research is aimed at understanding how animals integrate environmental signals, time seasonal transitions, and/or the selective pressures shaping seasonality of temperate breeding birds. To address these issues will require interdisciplinary research focused at multiple levels of analysis, including examination of gene and protein expression patterns, the actions and interactions of physiological and neural systems, as well as ultimate measures of reproductive success, general health, and survival under both natural and lab conditions. Together with his students he primarily investigates endocrine plasticity enabling rapid adaption to novel environmental conditions and the costs of mistimed life-history transitions (e.g. timing of reproduction). He is also currently working with collaborators to develop methods aimed at experimentally manipulating reproductive function in wild birds.