Wendy R. Hood
Assistant Professor



Office Location:  
312 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Ph: (334) 844-7437

Lab Location:  
308 Funchess Hall
Ph: (334) 844-7615

Mailing Address:
101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Wendy R. Hood
The Hood Lab Webpage


Ph.D. - Boston University (2001) 
M.A. - Boston University (1998)
B.A. - University of California, Santa Cruz (1993)





Research in the Hood lab is broadly focused on understanding the interactions between nutrition, physiology, and individual variation in performance. Within this context we have focused on 3 areas: 1) what factors contribute to individual differences in reproductive performance, 2) how maternal effects impact the phenotype and reproductive performance of young, and 3) intra- and interspecific difference in milk composition and the evolution of lactation.

Our recent research subjects have included mice, bats, ground squirrels, seals, finches, bluebirds, and hummingbirds.

Dr. Hood teaches Comparative Anatomy, Ornithology, and a grad course on current topics in the physiological ecology of reproduction.





Hood lab graduate students indicated by a G superscript and undergraduates indicated by a U superscript.

Hood, WR, DS Kessler, OT Oftedal.  2014.  Milk composition and lactation strategy of a eusocial mammal, the naked mole-rat.  Journal of Zoology doi:10.1111/jzo.12126

Hill GE, Fu X, Balenger S, McGraw KJ, Giraudeau M, and WR Hood. 2013. Changes in concentrations of circulating heat-shock proteins in House Finches in response to different environmental stressors. Journal of Field Ornithology 84:416-424

Schmidt CMG and WR Hood. 2014. Bone loss is a physiological cost of reproduction in white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Mammalian Biology 79: 96-100.

Skibiel ALG, JR Speakman, and WR Hood. 2013. Testing the prediction of energy allocation decisions in the evolution of life history tradeoffs. Functional Ecology 27:1382-1391.

Skibiel ALG, LM DowningU, TJ Orr, and WR Hood. 2013. The evolution of the nutrient composition of mammalian milks. Journal of Animal Ecology 82:1254-1264.

Skibiel ALG and WR Hood. 2013. Milk composition in a hibernating rodent; the Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus). Journal of Mammalogy 94:146-154

Schmidt Booher CMG and WR Hood. 2012. Calcium availability influences litter size and sex ratio in white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). PLOS One 7(8): e41402.

Hood WR. 2012. A test of bone mobilization relative to reproductive demand: Skeletal quality is improved in cannibalistic females with large litters. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 85:385-396

Hood WR, OT Oftedal, TH Kunz. 2011. Is tissue maturation necessary for flight? Changes in body composition during postnatal development in the big brown bat. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 181:423-435.

Booher CMG and WR Hood. 2010. Calcium utilization during reproduction in big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Journal of Mammalogy 91:952-959

Hill, GE, WR Hood and K Huggins. 2009. A multifactorial test of the effects of carotenoid access, food intake, and parasite load on production of ornamental feather and bill coloration in American Goldfinches. Journal of Experimental Biology 212:1225-1233. 

Hood WR, MB Voltura, and OT Oftedal. 2009. Methods of measuring milk composition and yield in small mammals. Pp. 529-553 in T.H. Kunz and S. Parsons (ed) Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats. John Hopkins University Press.



Last updated: 04/10/2014