Dr. Marilyn Ramenofsky, adjunct professor, University of California Davis, Department of Neural Biology, Physiology and Behavior.
“I am fascinated by the interplay of environmental signals and the physiological and behavioral expressions of organisms and primarily those of migratory birds. As migration is the movement to and away from areas where species breed, each trip is composed of multiple steps or substages that involve regulation of the neuroendocrine, endocrine, metabolic, and behavioral systems. During these trips, organisms are exposed to a wide range environmental conditions…”
You can read more about Marilyn at her UCDavis faculty profile.
Zoltan Nemeth, postdoctoral fellow, and Jonathan Perez, graduate student, worked as part of Marilyn’s lab researching migrating birds.
Recent Publications: Ramenofsky, M., Agatsuma, R., and Ramfar, T. (2008) Environmental conditions affect behavior of captive, migratory White-crowned Sparrows, Condor 110:658-671 Ramenofsky, M., Moffat and Bentley, G. (2008) Corticosterone and migratory behavior of captive White-crowned Sparrows, Proceedings 4th CPB Meeting, Maasai Mara, Kenya “Molecules to migration: The pressures of life” (Ed S. Morris & A. Vosloo). Medimond Publishing Co, Bologna, Italy. Pages 575-582. Ramenofsky M. (2010) Behavioral Endocrinology of Migration. In: Breed M.D.and Moore J., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, volume 1, pp. 191-199 Oxford: Academic Press. Ramenofsky, M. (2010). Hormones in migration and reproductive cycles of birds. In Hormones and Reproduction in Vertebrates, D. Norris and K. H. Lopez. (Eds.), Academic Press. Vol 8. pp. 205 – 236. Ramenofsky, M. (2011) Reconsidering the role of photoperiod in relation to effects of precipitation and food availability on spring departure of a migratory bird. Proc R Soc B 279: 15-16. doi: 10.1098/rspb.1591 Ramenofsky, M., Cornelius, J.M., Helm, B. (2012) Physiological and behavioural responses of migrants to environmental cues, J. Ornithology, DOI: 10.1007/s10336-012-0817-3 Coverdill, A.J., Clark, A.D, Wingfield, J.C. & Ramenofsky, M. (2011) Examination of nocturnal activity and behaviour in resident white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys nuttalli). Behaviour 148:859-876. DOI:10.1163/000579511X579038 Wingfield, J.C. & Ramenofsky, M. 2011. Hormone-behavioral interrelationships of birds in response to weather. In H. J. Brockmann, T. J. Roper, M. Naguib, J. C. Mitani, Leigh W. Simmons, (eds), Advances in the study of behavior 43: 93-188. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-380896-7.00003-4 Wingfeld, J.C., Ramenofsky, M. 2012. Hormone-behavior interrelationship of birds in response to weather. Advances in the Study of behavior, 43:93–188.