Participating Faculty

Hubert Schwabl

Hubert Schwabl

Department:School of Biological Sciences, WSU
Credentials:1981~Ph.D. Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany
Office:Heald 113
Mailing Address:School of Biological Sciences
PO Box 644236
Pullman, WA 99164-4236

Research Interests

Reproduction, developmental plasticity, maternal effects, epigenetic mechanisms

Research Summary

We investigate reproduction and development and are particularly interested in: 1) neuroendocrine regulation of female reproduction; 2) mechanisms and evolution of maternal effects; 3) developmental plasticity and life histories; and 4) epigenetic processes. Our studies focus on long- and short-term modifications of offspring development and phenotype by maternal hormones. We are also interested in adult phenotypic plasticity, endocrine disruption, and sexual differentiation. Our main study systems are birds.

Research Publications


Lindsay, W.R., M.S. Webster, C.W. Varian & H. Schwabl. 2009. Androgens are associated withacquisition of bright nuptial plumage and reproductive phenotype in a polymorphic tropical bird. Animal Behavior 77: 1525-1532.

Rist, L. and H. Schwabl, [In Process Citation]. Forsch Komplementmed, 2009. 16(2): p. 76-8.

Zick, S.M., H. Schwabl, A. Flower, B. Chakraborty, and K. Hirschkorn, Unique aspects of herbal whole system research. Explore (NY), 2009. 5(2): p. 97-103.

Partecke, J. and H. Schwabl, Organizational effects of maternal testosterone on reproductive behavior of adult house sparrows. Dev Neurobiol, 2008. 68(14): p. 1538-48.

Groothuis,T.G. G. & H. Schwabl. 2008. Review: Hormone-mediated maternal effects in birds: mechanisms matter but what do we know of them? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London - Series B: Biological Sciences. 363(1497): 1647-1661.

Martin, T.E. & H. Schwabl. 2008. Variation in maternal effects and embryonic development rates among passerine species. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London - Series B: Biological Sciences 363(1497): 1663-1674.

Groothuis T.G.G., Carere C., Lipar J., Drent P.J. & Schwabl H. 2008. Selection on personality in a songbird affects maternal hormone levels tuned to its effect on timing of reproduction. Biology Letters 4(5): 465-467.

Schwabl, H., M.G. Palacios, and T.E. Martin, Selection for rapid embryo development correlates with embryo exposure to maternal androgens among passerine birds. Am Nat, 2007. 170(2): p. 196-206.

Schwabl, H., H. Flinks, and E. Gwinner, Testosterone, reproductive stage, and territorial behavior of male and female European stonechats Saxicola torquata. Horm Behav, 2005. 47(5): p. 503-12.

Lucas JR, Freeberg TM, Egbert J, Schwabl H. (2006) Fecal corticosterone, body mass, and caching rates of Carolina chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) from disturbed and undisturbed sites. Horm Behav. [Epub ahead of print]

Cariello MO, Macedo RH, Schwabl HG. (2006) Maternal androgens in eggs of communally breeding guira cuckoos (Guira guira). Horm Behav. [Epub ahead of print]

Marshall RC, Leisler B, Catchpole CK, Schwabl H. (2005) Male song quality affects circulating but not yolk steroid concentrations in female canaries (Serinus canaria). J Exp Biol. 208(Pt 24):4593-8.

Badyaev AV, Schwabl H, Young RL, Duckworth RA, Navara KJ, Parlow AF. (2005) Adaptive sex differences in growth of pre-ovulation oocytes in a passerine bird. Proc Biol Sci. 272(1577):2165-72.

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