Prof. Lee Koren

Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (Building 206), 9th floor, Rooms B-940 (office) and B-935 (lab)

    I study animal behaviour, hormones that are linked with social behaviours, and the evolutionary outcomes associated with hormones and with behaviours. In my research, I explore ‘non-traditional’ steroids, such as androgens in females and corticosterone in cortisol-dominant mammals, in the frameworks of behavioural ecology and comparative endocrinology.  I am interested in the life history of wild vertebrates in their natural environment, especially in mate choice, reproductive success, parenting and risk-taking behaviours and consequences. I also study the effects of endogenous, social, and anthropogenic stressors on individuals, groups, and populations.


    Fields of interest:

    Wildlife hormones and social behaviour

     - Parental behaviour

     - Testosterone, risk-taking, aggressive behaviour, and fitness

     - Female mating behavior and sex differences in hormone dependence

     - Steroid hair- and feather-testing in wildlife

     - Comparative endocrinology


    Behavioural Ecology

     - Life history traits and trade-offs

     - Courtship and mating

     - Operational sex ratios

     - Social organization

     - Acoustic communication

     - Sperm competition



     - Human impact on wildlife

     - Acoustic pollution

     - Interactions between domesticated or introduced animals and wildlife

     - Endocrine disrupting chemicals




    Last Updated Date : 11/02/2023