I am interested in how ecology and evolutionary components contribute to the behavior of animals. My research involves examining consistent individual variation of behavior, sometimes called Behavioral Syndromes. My post-doctoral research at Oklahoma State University involves examining the African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys ansorgei) to determine the extent to which they demonstrate behavioral syndromes and if there is a genetic component to the behavioral differences.
My research style blends study perspectives from the three main fields of animal behavior: Psychology, Ethology, and Behavioral Ecology. I conduct both field and laboratory experiments while examining proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from the perspective of the natural history of the subject.
My science outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via outdoor programming and social media. My work includes The Urban Scientist a blog about urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences, hosted by Scientific American Blog Network.
To inquire about my speaking, presenting or consulting services, please email me. You can follow my updates about education, science, STEM outreach & diversity on Twitter at @DNLee5.
PhD Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
MS Vertebrate Zoology, University of Memphis
BS Animal Science, Tennessee Technological University
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2011 Black Weblog Awards Blogging Heroine - Niche Blogging in Science
2011 Young Professional of the Year, Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis
2009 Diversity Scholar, American Inst
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