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Michael C. Moore, Ph.D. <p>Professor </p><p>Dr. Moore is currently on retirement leave and will be fully retired as of 31 Aug 2020.  He can be reached by email.<br></p> <ul> <li><strong>B.A.</strong> - Indiana University </li><li><strong>Ph.D.</strong> - University of Washington </li><li><strong>Postdoctoral</strong> - University of Texas, Austin </li></ul><p>Dr. Moore is an integrative systems biologist working at the interface between behavior, neuroscience, physiology and ecology. He is interested in the reproductive biology of vertebrates, especially the neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction and reproductive behavior. He studies natural populations of free-living animals, because many natural social behaviors are only seen in wild animals. In the past he has worked extensively on behavioral neuroendocrinology of aggression in lizards.  However, he is currently interested in how the endocrine system regulates tradeoffs between investments in immunie function and in reproduction and is working on these problems in two species of wild birds, House Sparrows and Tree Swallows.</p><ul> <li>French SS, Moore, MC, and Demas GE. Ecological immunology: The organism in context. Integrative and Comparative Biology 2009; 49 (3):246-253. </li><li>French, SS and Moore, MC. Immune function varies with reproductive stage and context in female and male tree lizards, <em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>. General and Comparative Endocrinology 2008; 155 (1):148-156. </li><li>Kabelik, D., Weiss S.L., and Moore, M.C. Steroid hormones alter neuroanatomy and aggression independently in the tree lizard.  Physiology and Behavior, 2008; 93:492-501. </li><li>Kabelik, D., Crombie, T., and Moore, M.C.  Aggression frequency and intensity, independent of testosterone levels, relate to neural activation within the dorsolateral subdivision of the ventromedial hypothalamus in the tree lizard, <em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>.  Hormones and Behavior, 2008; 54:18-27. </li><li>Kabelik, D., Weiss S.L., and Moore, M.C.  Agrinine Vasotocin (AVT) immunoreactivity relates to testosterone but not territorial aggression the tree lizard, <em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>.  Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 2008; 72:283-294. </li><li>French S.S, H.B. Fokidis, and M.C. Moore.  Variation in stress and innate immunity in the tree lizard (<em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>) across an urban-rural gradient.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 2008: 178:997-1005. </li><li>Moore, M.C. and G.I.H. Johnston.  Toward a dynamic model of yolk steroid deposition and utilization.  Integrative and Compartive Biology, 2008; 48:411-418 </li><li>French SS, DeNardo DF, Moore MC. <a href="">Trade-offs between the reproductive and immune systems: facultative responses to resources or obligate responses to reproduction.</a> Am Nat. 2007;170(1):79–89. </li><li>Weiss SL, Johnston G, Moore MC. <a href="">Corticosterone stimulates hatching of late-term tree lizard embryos.</a> Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2007;146(3):360–365. </li><li>French SS, Matt KS, Moore MC. <a href="">The effects of stress on wound healing in male tree lizards (<em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>).</a> Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2006;145(2):128–132. </li><li>Kabelik D, Weiss SL, Moore MC. <a href="">Steroid hormone mediation of limbic brain plasticity and aggression in free-living tree lizards,<em> Urosaurus ornatus</em>.</a> Horm Behav. 2006;49(5):587–597. </li><li>Crews D, Moore MC. <a href="">Historical contributions of research on reptiles to behavioral neuroendocrinology.</a> Horm Behav. 2005;48(4):384–394. </li><li>Painter DL, Moore MC. <a href="">Steroid hormone metabolism by the chorioallantoic placenta of the mountain spiny lizard <em>Sceloporus jarrovi</em> as a possible mechanism for buffering maternal-fetal hormone exchange.</a> Physiol Biochem Zool. 2005;78(3):364–372. </li><li>Jennings DH, Painter DL, Moore MC. <a href="">Role of the adrenal gland in early post-hatching differentiation of alternative male phenotypes in the tree lezard (<em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>).</a> Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2004;135(1):81–89. </li><li>Weiss SL, Moore MC. <a href="">Activation of aggressive behavior by progesterone and testosterone in male tree lizards, <em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>.</a> Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2004;136(2):282–288. </li><li>Knapp R, Hews DK, Thompson CW, Ray LE, Moore MC. <a href="">Environmental and endocrine correlates of tactic switching by nonterritorial male tree lizards (<em>Urosaurus ornatus</em>).</a> Horm Behav. 2003;43(1):83–92. </li><li>Summers CH, Summers TR, Moore MC, et al. <a href="">Temporal patterns of limbic monoamine and plasma corticosterone response during social stress.</a> Neuroscience. 2003;116(2):553–563. </li><li>Woodley SK, Painter DL, Moore MC, Wikelski M, Romero LM. <a href="">Effect of tidal cycle and food intake on the baseline plasma corticosterone rhythm in intertidally foraging marine iguanas.</a> Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2003;132(2):216–222. </li></ul><img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/MCMoore_photo_verysmall.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

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