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Jerry F. Husak

Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
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 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 491 - I1 Individual Research - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30706 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

Same as for BIOL 493 and 494, except that written research paper is not a formal research paper.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 207 - 03 Genetics Ecology Evolution M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 204

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

44621 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Math placement into MATH 108 or higher or completion of MATH 108 or MATH 109 or MATH 111 or MATH 113.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 207 - 05 Genetics Ecology Evolution M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 204

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

46527 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Math placement into MATH 108 or higher or completion of MATH 108 or MATH 109 or MATH 111 or MATH 113.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 207 - 54 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - T - - - - - 1330 - 1630 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1630

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

44626 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Math placement into MATH 108 or higher or completion of MATH 108 or MATH 109 or MATH 111 or MATH 113.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 207 - 60 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1630 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1630

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

44630 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Math placement into MATH 108 or higher or completion of MATH 108 or MATH 109 or MATH 111 or MATH 113.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location