Ben Dantzer

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University: 
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Unit: 
LSA: Social Sciences
Department: 
Psychology
Title: 
Assistant Professor
Short bio: 

Ph.D. Michigan State University

Research summary: 

My research asks questions at the intersection of evolutionary biology, animal behavior, and physiology. I am primarily interested in understanding the factors shaping the evolution of behavioral and life history traits as well as how physiological factors both mediate but also constrain variation in life history and behavioral traits. A major focus of my research has been about how developmental or early life experiences can shape the physiology, behavior, and life histories of individuals. To address my research questions, I perform field research in wild animals such as in red squirrels in the Yukon, Canada or in Kalahari meerkats in South Africa. Altogether, I am interested in studying other mammalian species so that we can better understand the factors that have shaped the evolution of human social behavior.

Recent publications: 

Dantzer, B, Newman, AEM, Boonstra, R, Boutin, S, Humphries, MM, Palme, R, McAdam, AG. 2013. Density triggers maternal hormones that increase adaptive offspring growth in a wild mammal. Science 340:1215-1217.

Creel, SR*, Dantzer, B*, Goymann, W*, Rubenstein, D*. 2013. The ecology of stress: effects of the social environment. Functional Ecology 27:66-80. *Shared First Authorship

Dantzer, B, Fletcher, QE, Boonsta, R, Sheriff, MJ. 2014 Stress physiology- a transparent or opaque window into the status, management, and conversation of species? Conservation Physiology 2, 1-18.

Swanson, EM, Dantzer, B. 2014. Insulin-like growth factor-1 is associated with life history with variation across Mammalia. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B281, 20132458

Keywords: 
Animal Behavior,
Ecology,
evolution,
Animal Physiology,
Stress