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?
I am equally passionate about incorporating progressive, evidence-based teaching practices into my courses in ways that promote active learning and inclusivity. I aim to teach students *how* to think more than *what* to think, and to provide them with ideas and skills they can take far beyond UNH.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Amherst College
BIOL 780: Capstone Companion Course
INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Biological Sciences
NSB 400: Topics Neuroscience & Behavior
NSB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
ZOOL 406: Evolution of Human Behavior
ZOOL 406H: Hon/Evol Human Behav
ZOOL 613: Animal Behavior
ZOOL 726: Conservation Behavior
ZOOL 733/833: Behavioral Ecology
Curren, L. J., Linden, D. W., Heinen, V. K., McGuire, M. C., & Holekamp, K. E. (2015). The functions of male-male aggression in a female-dominated mammalian society. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 100, 208-216. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.11.024
Curren, L. J., Weldele, M. L., & Holekamp, K. E. (2013). Ejaculate quality in spotted hyenas: intraspecific variation in relation to life-history traits. JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY, 94(1), 90-99. doi:10.1644/12-MAMM-A-057.1
Clotfelter, E. D., Curren, L. J., & Murphy, C. E. (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. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2006.01281.x