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Queen's University

Fran Bonier - Assistant Professor

Bonier.jpg Research: I am broadly interested in understanding how animals cope with challenges in their environment. I investigate how animals respond to environmental challenges both in the short term, through behavioural and physiological responses, and in the long term, through demographic and evolutionary responses. To address my research questions, I draw on tools from numerous disciplines, including endocrinology, hematology, population genetics, and field biology techniques. I am also interested in understanding local adaptation, and its impacts on population divergence.

In my current work, I primarily use field studies of birds to address my research questions, but I have studied other organisms, and I am always interested in addressing my research questions in the most tractable and potentially productive system available.

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Some Recent Publications:

    • Bonier F. 2012. Hormones in the city: endocrine ecology of urban birds. Hormones and Behavior 61: 763-772.
    • Shutler D, DJT Hussell, DR Norris, DW Winkler, RJ Robertson, F Bonier, WB Rendell, M Belisle, RG Clark, RD Dawson, NT Wheelwright, MP Lombardo, PA Thorpe, MA Truan, ML Leonard, AG Horn, CM Vleck, D Vleck, AP Rose, LA Whittingham, PO Dunn, KA Hobson, and MT Stanback. 2012. Spatiotemporal patterns in nest box occupancy by tree swallows across North America. Avian Conservation and Ecology 7: 3-11.
    • Bonier F, IT Moore, and RJ Robertson. 2011. The stress of parenthood? Increased glucocorticoids in birds with experimentally enlarged broods. Biology Letters 7: 944-946.
    • Ouyang JQ, M Hau, and F Bonier. 2011. Within seasons and among years: when are corticosterone levels repeatable? Hormones and Behavior 60: 559-564.
    • Danner JE, RM Danner, F Bonier, PR Martin, TW Small, IT Moore. 2011. Female, but not male, tropical sparrows respond more strongly to the local song dialect: implications for population divergence. The American Naturalist 178: 53-63.
    • Bonier F, PR Martin, IT Moore, and JC Wingfield. 2009. Do baseline glucocorticoids predict fitness? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24: 634-642.
    • Bonier F, PR Martin, IT Moore, and RJ Robertson. 2009. The relationship between fitness and baseline glucocorticoids in a passerine bird. General and Comparative Endocrinology 163: 208-213.
    • Bonier F, PR Martin, KS Sheldon, JP Jensen, S Foltz, and JC Wingfield. 2007. Sex-specific consequences of life in the city. Behavioral Ecology 18: 121-129.
    • Bonier F, PR Martin, and JC Wingfield. 2007. Urban birds have broader environmental tolerance. Biology Letters 3: 670-673.
    • Bonier F, PR Martin, and JC Wingfield. 2007. Maternal corticosteroids influence primary offspring sex ratio in a free-ranging passerine bird. Behavioral Ecology 18: 1045-1050.

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