Elizabeth A. Becker, Ph.D.
(University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Assistant Professor

220 Post Hall
Phone: (610) 660-2894

Dr. Becker is a behavioral neuroendocrinologist studying the neural and hormonal mechanisms of social behavior. Of particular interest, is how parental care impacts development of offspring brain and behavior. In addition, she is interested in aggression and territoriality. Her integrative research program combines techniques and theories from behavioral neuroscience, behavioral ecology and experimental psychology.

The Becker lab works with the monogamous and territorial California mouse (Peromyscus californicus), which is a model system for exploration of parental investment on offspring development. Both males and females of this species provide high levels of care that are necessary for offspring survival.

Dr. Becker received a B.A. in psychology and a B.M. in voice performance from Lawrence University. She received her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Dr. Catherine Marler. Dr. Becker has lectured at Lawrence University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to joining the faculty at Saint Joseph University in 2012.

Selected Publications:

Chary. M.C.*, Cruz, J.P.+, Bardi, M., and Becker, E.A. 2015. Paternal retrievals increase testosterone levels in both male and female California mouse (Peromyscus californicus) offspring. Hormones and Behavior, 73, 23-29.

Becker, E.A., and Marler, C.A. 2015. Postcontest Blockade of Dopamine Receptors Inhibits Development of the Winner Effect in the California Mouse (Peromyscus Californicus). Behavioral Neuroscience, 129(2), 205-213.

Becker, E.A., Petruno, S., & Marler, C.A. (2012). A comparison of scent marking between a monogamous and promiscuous species of Peromyscus: pair bonded males do not advertise to novel females. PLoS One, 7,2.

Becker, E.A., Moore, B.M., Auger, C. & Marler, C.A. (2010). Paternal behavior increases testosterone levels in offspring of the California mouse. Hormones and Behavior, 58, 385-389.

Fuxjager, M.J., Mast, G., Becker, E.A., & Marler, C.A. (2009). The home advantage is necessary for a full winner effect and changes in post-encounter testosterone. Hormones and Behavior, 56, 214-219.

Marler, C.A., Trainor, B.C., Gleason, E.D., Bester-Meredith, J.K. & Becker, E.A. (2008). The Effects of Paternal Behavior on Offspring Aggression and Hormones in the Biparental California Mouse. In Robert Bridges (ed.) Neurobiology of the Parental Brain.

* graduate student author

+ undergraduate student author

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