Welcome to the Guindre-Parker [gain-druh pahr-ker] lab website. Our lab studies how animals cope with unpredictable environmental conditions. These unpredictable environments pose a unique challenge for vertebrates, since anticipatory changes in morphology, behavior or physiology are not always possible. Instead, organisms must respond to unpredictable perturbations with little warning. Understanding how animals cope with unpredictable environmental conditions is a critical goal for biologists, since climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme and unpredictable weather in many parts of the world.
Our work integrates across evolution, behavioral ecology, physiology and endocrinology to understand how animals facing unpredictable environments are adapted to survive and reproduce. In addition to continuing some of our work in African starlings, we are working towards establishing a local system of European starlings (Sturnus vulgarisms) right here in Georgia. Learn more about our research here.