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Jerry F. Husak

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
354 Owens
(651) 962-5223
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

My research focuses on understanding how the processes of natural and sexual selection shape physiological and morphological traits. Specifically, I am interested in how hormones link animals to their biotic and abiotic environments through the regulation of performance traits important to fitness. To accomplish this, I integrate theory and techniques from physiology, evolutionary ecology, animal behavior, and functional morphology, and I combine laboratory experiments with correlative studies of natural populations. I primarily work with reptiles as model systems, and I conduct research in the southwestern US and the Caribbean. Some of my current projects include:

  • How steroid hormones mediate performance in lizards
  • How endocrine systems regulate social behavior in Caribbean Anolis lizards
  • Direct and indirect effects of sexually selected traits on animal performance
  • Examining performance consequences of muscle fiber composition in lizards

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Representative publications:

  • Husak, J. F., and J. G. Swallow. 2011. Compensatory traits and the evolution of male ornaments. Behaviour 148:1-29.
  • Husak, J. F., S. D. McCormick, D. J. Irschick, and I. T. Moore. 2009. Hormonal regulation of whole-animal performance: implications for selection. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49:349-353.
  • Husak, J. F., and I. T. Moore. 2008. Stress hormones and mate choice. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23:532-534.
  • Husak, J. F., and S. F. Fox. 2008. Sexual selection on locomotor performance. Evolutionary Ecology Research 10:213-228.
  • Husak, J. F., D. J. Irschick, J. J. Meyers, S. P. Lailvaux, and I. T. Moore. 2007. Hormones, sexual signals and performance of green anole lizards (Anolis carolinensis). Hormones and Behavior 52:360-367.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 350 - 01 Comp. Anatomy/Physiology B M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OWS LL54
CRN: 20012 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak An examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems, including control and integration of organ systems, adaptation to environment, and evolutionary development in vertebrates. Laboratory work will emphasize functional comparisons of vertebrate organ systems and an experimental approach to physiological problems. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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BIOL 398 - 03 Biology of Monsters M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OWS 257
CRN: 21284 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak This course uses monsters as examples to explore basic principles of organismal biology, including topics such as (1) the influence of body size on form, function, and ecology; (2) body shape patterning; (3) physiology of dogestion, circulation, growth and movement; (4) population biology; (5) energetics; (6) life history theory; and (7) evolutionary constraints. Monsters that are covered in the course will be drawn from popular media, including literature, movies, television, and the internet. Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor.

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BIOL 398 - 56 Biology of Monsters/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379
CRN: 21286 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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