Why are some individuals, and some species, better able to cope with stress than others? When faced with an acute challenge – the attack of a predator, a severe storm, a major injury –hormones mediate changes in an enormous diversity of behavioral and physiological traits. Variation in these key mechanisms of phenotype can influence the ability to survive and reproduce. In this talk I will discuss how integrative research in free-living birds is providing fundamental insight into the capacity of individuals, populations, and species to persist in changing environments, how selection shapes complex suites of traits, and the evolution of behavioral flexibility.
Host: Professor Elizabeth Tibbetts