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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.

 

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 349 - D01 Comp Anatomy & Physiology M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 313

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OSS 313

Course Registration Number:

40061 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

This course includes an examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory 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. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 489 - 51 Stress Physiology/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 379

Course Registration Number:

42554 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 489 - D01 Stress Physiology M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OSS 122

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OSS 122

Course Registration Number:

42553 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 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 Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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