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Sarah A. Heimovics

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office
Office: 353 Owens; Lab 354 Owens
Phone
(651) 962-5147
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5147
Fax
651.926.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Seasonal plasticity in the neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating social behavior
  • Effect of social experience and/or social status on neuroendocrine systems regulating behavior
  • Functional significance of neurosteroid synthesis
  • Interaction between steroid hormones and neurotransmitters focusing on catecholamines

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Heimovics SA, Prior NH, Ma C, Soma KK. (2016) Rapid Effects of an Aggressive Interaction on Dehydroepiandrosterone, Testosterone and Oestradiol Levels in the Male Song Sparrow Brain: a Seasonal Comparison. J Neuroendocrinol. Feb;28(2). doi: 10.1111/jne.12345. 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 330 - 01 Animal Behavior M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OWS 250
CRN: 41743 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 330 - 52 Animal Behavior / Lab M - - - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379
CRN: 41964 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

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BIOL 491 - I2 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41835 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics Same as for BIOL 493 and 494, except that written research paper is not a formal research paper.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 490 - 01 Biology of Aggression - T W R F - - 0800 - 1200 OWS 250
CRN: 10284 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics Aggressive behavior serves many different adaptive functions including territoriality, dominance status, mate acquisition/guarding, and offspring protection. While each of these different types of aggression can share specific behavioral features, the underlying biological mechanisms regulating each can differ markedly. This course will use the primary and secondary literature to explore these similarities and differences at multiple levels of analyses, and include discussions about the genetic, neurobiological, hormonal, organismal, and ecosystem mechanisms regulating aggressive behavior. Students will also design and implement an independent research project investigating the neuroendocrine regulation of aggressive behavior in songbirds. Prerequisite: a C- or better in at least two 300-level BIOL or NSCI course.

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 490 - 51 Biology of Aggression / Lab - T W R F - - 1300 - 1700 OWS 381
CRN: 10285 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics 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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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NSCI 490 - 02 Biology of Agression - T W R F - - 0800 - 1200 OWS 250
CRN: 10286 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics 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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy On-line, View Searchable Class Schedule

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Location Time Day(s)
NSCI 490 - 52 Biology of Agression / Lab - T W R F - - 1300 - 1700 OWS 381
CRN: 10287 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics 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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy On-line, View Searchable Class Schedule

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 330 - 01 Animal Behavior M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OWS LL54
CRN: 20835 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 330 - 51 Animal Behavior/Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 381
CRN: 20836 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

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Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 330 - 52 Animal Behavior/Lab - T - - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 381
CRN: 20837 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics This course includes the study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

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