Dr. Ivana Schoepf
Ivana Schoepf, Ph.D.
is35 [at] queensu [dot] ca
Personal website - https://www.ivanaschoepf.com/
2013 - Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology - University of Zurich (Switzerland)
2003 - M.Sc. Conservation - University College London (United Kingdom)
2001 - B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology - Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)
I am an evolutionary biologist with strong interests in behavioural endocrinology. My primary research goals are aimed at understanding adaptive phenotypic plasticity, particularly in individuals experiencing different environmental pressures, being climate driven or parasitic in nature.
My research is mostly empirical and typically employs the use of field manipulation experiments performed in wild species directly in their natural environment. I typically employ a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle my questions, often looking at proximate mechanisms and ultimate reasons leading to individuals displaying certain adaptations. Some of the topics I have addressed so far include: sociality (mating systems in particular), dispersal, parents-offspring conflicts, performance and personality.
Currently I am working on maternal effects and host-parasite interactions in Dr. Fran Bonier’s lab. My work is aimed at understanding how parasitic infections change across life stages, and how different types of parasite interact with each other within a host infected with more than one kind of parasites, ultimately affecting its fitness and reproduction. To do so, I am experimentally medicating wild red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), a species well known for its high tolerance towards malaria, to treat their infections, and measure medication effects on fitness, behaviour and reproduction of adults as well as growth, physiology, immune function, and behaviour of their offspring. Overall, this research aims to understand how disease impact fitness and reproduction.
PUBLICATIONS (Selected - For a complete list look at the link to my CV)
2018 Schoenle LA, Schoepf I, Weinstein NM, Moore IT, Bonier F. Higher plasma corticosterone is associated with reduced costs of infection in red-winged blackbirds. General and Comparative Endocrinology 256, 89-98
2017 Schoepf I, Pillay N, Schradin C. The pathophysiology of survival. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 187 (1), 183-201
2016 Yuen CH, Pillay N, Heinrichs M, Schoepf I, Schradin C. Personality traits are consistent when measured in the field and in the laboratory in African striped mice (Rhabdomys pumilio). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70 (8), 1235-1246
2015 Schoepf I, Schmohl G, König B, Pillay N, Schradin C. Manipulation of population density and food availability affects home range sizes of African striped mouse females. Animal Behaviour 99, 53-60
2014 Schoepf I, Schradin C. Arginine vasopressin plasma levels change seasonally in African striped mice but do not differ between alternative reproductive tactics. General and Comparative Endocrinology 204, 43-48
2013 Schoepf I, Schradin C. Endocrinology of sociality: comparisons between sociable and solitary individuals within the same population of African striped mice. Hormones and Behavior 64, 89-94
2012 Schoepf I, Schradin C. Better off alone! Reproductive competition and ecological constraints determine sociality in the African striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio). Journal of Animal Ecology 81, 649-656