- Behavior and Physiology of Vertebrates
- B.G.S. – University of Connecticut
- M.S. - University of Connecticut
- Ph.D. - University of Missouri
- Postdoctoral - University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota
My research is driven by variations on the big questions: "what are animals doing?" and "why are they doing it?" I began as a student of animal behavior, particularly sexual selected behaviors in frogs and have expanded to include aspects of reproductive biology, animal communication, and endocrinology. My work has shown how resource availability influences territorial behavior in male green frogs (Lithobates clamitans) limiting reproductive opportunities. The limited mating success of males led me to investigate how mating signals were influencing female reproduction (specifically steroid hormones and oviposition behavior) in the grey treefrog (Hyla versicolor). My current work is focused on trying to elucidate how hormones may influence three main areas: 1) female mating decisions, 2) formation of male aggregations and 3) stress.
Gordon, N. M., & Gerhardt, H. C. (2009). Hormonal modulation of phonotaxis and advertisement-call preferences in the gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor). Hormones and Behavior, 55, 121-127.
Owen, P.C. & Gordon, N. M. (2005). Graded aggressive signals in the green frog, Rana clamitans. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 58(5), 446-455.
Gordon, N. M. (2004). The effect of supplemental feeding on the territorial behavior of the green frog, Rana clamitans. Amphibia-Reptilia, 25, 55-62.