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
NSB 400: Topics Neuroscience & Behavior
ZOOL 406: Evolution of Human Behavior
ZOOL 613: Animal Behavior
ZOOL 726: Conservation Behavior
ZOOL 733: 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