Associate Department Head, Professor
PhD, Physiology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2006
BS, Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, University of Illinoise at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
Physiological Ecology, Endocrinology, Ecoimmunology, Conservation Physiology
Dr. French takes an integrative approach to examine the mechanisms by which organisms cope with costly competing demands. Her lab’s research involves ongoing field work to examine naturally occurring physiological phenomena, but also addresses specific mechanistic questions via controlled laboratory experiments. She utilizes and integrates endocrine, immune, behavioral, and energetic techniques to investigate physiological interactions among life history processes and the role energy allocation plays in regulating these interactions. She also applies this understanding of physiological regulation to existing environmental concerns. Her lab is currently investigating the impact of various levels of human disturbance on natural physiological processes and the survival and fitness consequences.