Emily Elderbrock

Visiting Assistant Professor - Biology

Office: Williams 291
Phone: 330-287-1923
Email: eelderbrock@wooster.edu


  • Ph.D., Memphis University 2017
  • M.S., Memphis University 2012
  • B.A., The College of Wooster 2009

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 202 Gateway to Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 203 Research Skills
  • BIOL 377 Behavioral Endocrinology

Research Interests

My research interests are in behavioral endocrinology, physiological ecology, and ornithology. I conduct my research on the Florida scrub-jay, a cooperatively breeding species of bird that resides only in Florida and is threatened due to habitat loss. My research aims to increase understanding of how conditions during development may impact the long-term behavioral and physiological phenotype of an individual. Early exposure to the steroid hormone corticosterone, often related to stress, has been connected to developmental programming. I study how factors such as quality of parental care, offspring begging behavior, sibling interactions, and environmental conditions are related to corticosterone, and whether these factors are related to the long-term physiological phenotype and reproductive success of an individual.