Leslie Curren, Ph.D.

Leslie Curren, Ph.D.


Educational Background:

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2012
B.A., Amherst College, 2005

Courses Taught:

Animal Behavior (ZOOL 713/813)
Behavioral Ecology (ZOOL 733/833)
Evolution of Human Behavior (ZOOL 406)
Special Investigations into Animal Behavior (ZOOL 795)

General Area of Interest and/or Specialty:

My training is in behavioral ecology, with a focus on how evolutionary forces shape social and sexual behavior. I’m particularly interested in how these two behavioral spheres overlap: in a gregarious species, how do social dynamics affect individual reproductive success? My doctoral dissertation explored these questions in a sex role-reversed species, the spotted hyena. In the future, I hope to continue this line of research in other species by integrating experimental tests with natural observations.

Selected Publications:

  • Curren, L.J., D.W. Linden, V.K. Heinen, M.C. McGuire, and K.E. Holekamp. In review. The functions of male-male aggression in a role-reversed mammal. Submitted to: Animal Behaviour.
  • Curren, L.J., A.S. Booms, K.T. Scribner, and K.E. Holekamp. In prep. The relationship between tenure and reproductive success among male spotted hyenas. Submitting to: Ethology.
  • Curren, L.J., J.E. Smith, A.S. Booms, K.T. Scribner, and K.E. Holekamp. In prep. Direct benefits promote aggressive coalitions among male spotted hyenas. Submitting to: Animal Behaviour.
  • Curren, L.J., M. Weldele, and K.E. Holekamp. 2013. Ejaculate quality in spotted hyenas: intraspecific variation in relation to life history traits. Journal of Mammalogy 94(1): 90-99.
  • Curren, L.J. 2012. Competition and cooperation among males in a sex-role reversed mammal, the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta). Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
  • Clotfelter, E.D., L.J. Curren, and C.E. Murphy. 2006. Mate choice and spawning success in the fighting fish (Betta splendens): the importance of body size, display behavior and nest size. Ethology 112(12): 1170-1178.
Leslie Curren
Spaulding Rm. 254
Durham, NH 03824