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Dr. Jamie Cornelius

Assistant Professor

Jamie Cornelius 401K Mark Jefferson Science Complex




B.S. 2001, University of Washington

Ph.D. 2009, University of California-Davis

Interests and Expertise

Observing animals in their natural environment is a fascinating, challenging, frustrating and often highly rewarding endeavor for field biologists. Physiological ecology (the study of physiology in free-living animals) is even more so. My lab investigates behavioral and physiological responses to environmental change with an emphasis on species that cope with high degrees of resource unpredictability. We utilize experimental field approaches and controlled captive studies to investigate diverse yet interconnected research topics including molt, migration, reproduction, winter adaptation, metabolism and stress in birds. My biggest goals as a mentor are to foster creative analytical thought, to allow students to engage directly with the scientific process and to encourage a passion for natural history and field biology. Lab members are expected to contribute to a collaborative and collegial learning environment, publish their research and engage with the community in outreach opportunities. 

Lab websitehttps://jcornel7.wixsite.com/crossbill


Zylberberg, M., Derryberry, E.P., Breuner, C.W., Macdougall-Shackleton, E.A., Cornelius, J.M., and T.P. Hahn (in press). Haemoproteus infected birds have increased lifetime reproductive success. Parasitology

Ho, W.W., S.G. Connolly, P.L. Reynolds, J.M. Cornelius, E.A. MacDougall-Shackleton, M.L. Morton, M.E. Pereyra and T.P. Hahn (2014). Song exposure during juvenile dispersal in Mountain White-crowned Sparrows. The Auk 131(2): 208-214.

Cornelius, J.M., M. Zylberberg, C.W. Breuner, A.C. Gleiss and T.P. Hahn (2014). Assessing the role of reproduction and stress in the spring emergence of Haematozoan parasites in birds. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 841-849.

Patterson, S., T.P. Hahn, J.M. Cornelius and C.W. Breuner (2014). Natural selection and glucocorticoid physiology. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 259-274.

Cornelius, J.M., R.D.H. Dingle, H.E. Watts, and T.P. Hahn (2013). Obligate and rich patch opportunism: Evolution and endocrine correlates. General and Comparative Endocrinology 190: 76-80.

Cornelius, J.M., T. Boswell, S. Jenni-Eiermann, C.W. Breuner and M. Ramenofsky (2013). Contributions of endocrinology to the migration life history of birds. General and Comparative Endocrinology 190: 47-60.

Cornelius, J.M. and T.P. Hahn (2012). Evidence for seasonal pre-migratory fattening and increased activity in a nomadic and irruptive migrant, the Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra). Ibis 154: 693-702.

Ramenofsky, M., Cornelius, J.M., and B. Helm (2012). Physiological and behavioral responses of migrants to environmental cues. Journal of Ornithology 153: 181-191.

Cornelius, J.M.
, Breuner, C.W., and T.P. Hahn (2012). Coping with the extremes:  Stress physiology varies between winter and summer in breeding opportunists. Biology Letters 8 (2): 312-315.

Cornelius, J.M., Perfito, N., Zann, R.A., Breuner, C.W., and T.P. Hahn (2011). Physiological trade-offs in self-maintenance: Plumage molt and stress physiology in birds. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 2768-2777.

Cornelius, J.M., Breuner, C.W., and T.P. Hahn (2010). Under a neighbor's influence: public information about food affects hormones and behavior of a songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 2399-2404.

Hahn, T.P., Watts, H.E., Cornelius, J.M., Brazeal, K.R. and S.A. MacDougall-Shackleton (2009). Evolution of environmental cue response systems: Adaptive variation in photorefractoriness. General and Comparative Endocrinology 163: 193-200.

Hahn, T.P., Cornelius, J.M., Sewall, K.B., Kelsey T.R., Hau, M., and N. Perfito (2008). Environmental regulation of annual schedules in opportunistically-breeding songbirds: Adaptive specializations or variations on a theme of white-crowned sparrow? General and Comparative Endocrinology 157: 217-226.

Breuner, C.W., Lynn, S.E., Julian, G.E., Cornelius, J.M., Heidinger, B.J., Love, O.P., Sprague, R.S., Wada, H. and B.A. Whitman (2006). Plasma binding globulins and the acute stress response. Hormone and Metabolic Research 38(4): 260-8.

The Biology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold