Ben Dantzer
PhD Candidate
Department of Zoology
Michigan State University
Research Summary

“Modern man faces nature only by proxy, or as proxy, through others or for others, and the intimacy is lost. In the wilds, the contact is direct and immediate; it is the foothold upon earth, the touch of the soil itself that gives strength.”
    W.W. Worster in his translation of The Growth of the Soil by         
    Knut Hamsun  
    My research interests are guided by the idea that a greater understanding of natural systems can lead to insights into a number of fundamental questions in ecology, evolution, behavior, and also more practical problems that afflict modern human societies. I focus on understanding the evolutionary and physiological mechanisms that enable wild animals to cope with environmental change. 
 I am generally interested in questions that integrate evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, and endocrinology. I focus on studying these questions in natural populations in the field and in the laboratory. I approach these questions using statistical techniques, focused field experiments, endocrine or physiological assays in the laboratory, and comparative analyses
 My dissertation research focused on understanding how variation in the magnitude and direction of maternal hormonal responses to a changing environment affects offspring phenotype in free-ranging North American red squirrels. Although I have moved on to research on meerkats (see below), I continue to work on questions in red squirrels and collaborate with the Kluane Red Squirrel Project.
 My postdoctoral research is examining how developmental experiences shape offspring physiology that causes inter-individual differences in  “helping” or cooperative behavior in cooperatively breeding Kalahari meerkats.

You can find out more about my research by clicking on the links on the right.
  Ben Dantzer
             evolutionary ecology x endocrinology

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  Ben Dantzer
             evolutionary ecology x physiology
Research Summary 

  Maternal Effects

  Non-invasive endocrinology

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