Rebecca A. Kelley
Ph.D. Student, Mabry Lab
Vice President, Biology Graduate Student Organization
M.A. (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Columbia University, New York, NY
B.S. (Zoology) Miami University, Oxford, OH
Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in how ecology, genes, and physiology interact to affect behavior in free-living species. Specifically, I am interested in how social and ecological experiences, (especially stressors) experienced early in life affect behavioral phenotypes, gene expression, and shape the HPA response to stress.For my dissertation, I am working with a population of free-living brush mice in northern California to determine how social stressors (ie- population density) and environmental stressors (ie- resource availability, rainfall) affect behavioral traits, physiological response to stress (including CORT and hippocampal GR), and natal dispersal.
Kelley, RA, Castelli, FR, Mabry, KE, and Solomon, NG (2013). Experience, but not avpr1a microsatellite length, influences parental care in male prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67: 985
Castelli, FR, Kelley, RA, Keane, B, and Solomon, NG (2011). Female prairie voles show social and sexual preference for males with longer avpr1a microsatellites. Animal Behaviour, 82: 1117- 1126
I am very interested in scientific outreach, especially at the K-12 level.
I enjoy hiking and camping with my pup, and seeking out unique and exemplary products of the fermentation process, especially those involving Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus.