Haruka Wada
Assistant Professor



Office Location:  
314 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg. 

Mailing Address:
101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg. 
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-1338
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Haruka Wada



Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Western Ontario (2009-2011)
Postdoctoral Associate – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) (2007-2009)
Ph.D. – The University of Texas at Austin (2007)
B.Sc. – University of Washington (1999)



Integrative biology, combining behavioral endocrinology, immunology, neuroscience, and field biology. In particular, the primary goal of my lab is to examine how maternal cues and nutritional, social, and toxicological stress alter developmental trajectory, physiological and behavioral traits in birds.



Wada H, Bergeron CM, McNabb FMA, Todd BD, Hopkins WA (2011). Dietary mercury has no observable effects on thyroid-mediated processes and fitness-related traits in wood frogs. Environmental Science & Technology 45:7915–7922. 

Bergeron CM, Bodinof CM, Budischak SA, Wada H, Unrine JM, Hopkins WA (2011). Counterbalancing effects of maternal mercury exposure during different stages of early ontogeny. Environmental Pollution 409:4746-4752.

Class, A, Wada H, Lynn S, and Moore I (2011). The timing of life history stages across latitudes in Zonotrichia sparrows. The Condor 113:438-448.

Wada H and Breuner CW (2010). Developmental changes in neural corticosteroid receptor capacity in altricial nestlings. Journal of Developmental Neurobiology 70:853-861.

Wada H, Yates DE, Evers DC, Taylor RJ, and Hopkins WA (2010). Tissue mercury concentrations and adrenocortical responses of female big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) near a contaminated river. Ecotoxicology 19:1277-1284.

Malisch JL, Satterlee DG, Cockrem JF, Wada H, and Breuner CW (2010). How acute is the acute stress response?  Baseline corticosterone and corticosteroid-binding globulin levels change 24 hours after an acute stressor in Japanese quail.  General and Comparative Endocrinology 165:345-350.

Wada H, Cristol DA, McNabb FMA, and Hopkins WA (2009). Suppressed adrenocortical responses and triiodothyronine levels in birds near a mercury-contaminated river. Environmental Science and Technology 43:6031-6038.

Malisch JL, Breuner CW, Kolb EM, Wada H, Hannon RM, Chappell MA, Middleton KM, and Garland T, Jr. (2009). Behavioral despair and home-cage activity in mice with chronically elevated baseline corticosterone concentrations. Behavior Genetics 39:192-201.

Wada H, Salvante KG, Wagner E, Williams TD, and Breuner CW (2009). Ontogeny and individual variation in the adrenocortical response of zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) nestlings. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 82:325-331.

Wada H and Breuner CW (2008). Transient elevation of corticosterone alters begging behavior and growth of white-crowned sparrow nestlings. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:1696-1703.

Wada H (2008). Glucocorticoids: mediators of vertebrate ontogenetic transitions. General and Comparative Endocrinology 156:441-453.

Wada H, Salvante KG, Stables C, Wagner E, Williams TD, and Breuner CW (2008). Adrenocortical responses in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): individual variation, repeatability and relationship to phenotypic quality. Hormones and Behavior 53:472-480.

Wada H, Hahn TP, and Breuner CW (2007). Development of stress reactivity in white-crowned sparrow nestlings: Total corticosterone response increases with age, while free corticosterone response remains low. General and Comparative Endocrinology 150:405-413.

Breuner CW, Lynn SE, Julian GE, Cornelius JM, Heidinger BJ, Love OP, Sprague RS, Wada H, and Whitman BA (2006). Plasma binding globulins and the acute stress response. Hormone and Metabolic Research 38:260-268.

Wada H, Breuner CW, Wingfield JC, and Moore IT (2006). Stress responses in tropical sparrows: Comparing tropical and temperate Zonotrichia. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 79:784-792.



Undergraduate Graduate
Human A&P II – BIOL2510



Last updated: 04/20/2012