Jerry F. Husak portrait

Jerry F. Husak

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Office
354 Owens
Phone
(651) 962-5223
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5223
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
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

Lab website:  http://jerryhusak.weebly.com/index.html

 

Representative publications:

(Student researchers are denoted by *.)

  • Husak, J. F., A. R. Keith*, and B. N. Wittry*. 2015. Making Olympic lizards: the effects of specialised exercise training on lizard performance. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:899-906. (*UST undergraduates)
  • Lailvaux, S. P., and J. F. Husak. 2014. The life-history of whole-organism performance. Quarterly Review of Biology 89:285-318.
  • Husak, J. F., and J. G. Swallow. 2011. Compensatory traits and the evolution of male ornaments. Behaviour 148:1-29.
  • 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.

 

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 349 - 01 Comp Anatomy & Physiology-A M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 328
CRN: 40014 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak Examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 349 - 51 Comp Anatomy & Physiology/LabA - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 380
CRN: 40015 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak Examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 349 - 52 Comp Anatomy & Physiology/LabA - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 380
CRN: 40569 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Jerry F. Husak Examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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J-Term 2016 Courses

J-Term 2016 Courses
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