Mary T. Mendonca
Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Vice Chair

Office: 319 Funchess Hall

Address: 331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-9246

Lab Phone: (334) 844-9338

Fax: (334) 844-9234


Research Page

N.R.S.A. - Individual Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
A.R.G.S - Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia
Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley
M.S. - University of Central Florida
B.A. - Rutgers University

Research and Teaching Interests

My research centers on how proximate environmental factors and physiological mechanisms are integrated at the neural level to control reproduction in a variety of vertebrates. I think of my research as being interdisciplinary and multi-level, combining both field and laboratory components.

Selected Publications

  1. Graham, S. P., Ward, C. K., Shelby Walker, J., Sterrett, S., & Mendonça, M.T. 2015. Sexual Dimorphism and Seasonal Variation of Reproductive Hormones in the Pascagoula Map Turtle, Graptemys gibbonsiCopeia 2015:42-50.

  2. Crovo, J. A., Mendonça, M.T., Holt, D. E., & Johnston, C. E. 2015. Stress and Auditory Responses of the Otophysan Fish, Cyprinella venusta, to Road Traffic Noise. PloS One10(9), e0137290.

  3. Goessling JM, Kennedy H, Mendonça M.T., Wilson AE. 2015. A metaanalysis of plasma corticosterone and heterophil: lymphocyte ratios–is there conservation of physiological stress responses over time? Functional Ecology 2015 Apr 1.

  4. Grilliot, M. E., Burnett, S. C., & Mendonça, M.T. 2014. Sex and season differences in the echolocation pulses of big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) and their relation to mating activity. Acta Chiropterologica 16:379-386.

  5. Moretti, E. H., Madelaire, C. B., Silva, R. J., Mendonça, M.T., & Gomes, F. R. 2014. The Relationships between Parasite Intensity, Locomotor Performance, and Body Condition in Adult Toads (Rhinella icterica) from the Wild. Journal of Herpetology 48:277-283.

  6. Peterson, J. D., Steffen, J. E., Reinert, L. K., Cobine, P. A., Appel, A., Rollins-Smith, L., & Mendonça, M.T. 2013. Host stress response is important for the pathogenesis of the deadly amphibian disease, chytridiomycosis, in Litoria caerulea.

  7. Gam, A., M.T. Mendonça, and K.J. Navara. 2010. Acute corticosterone treatment prior to ovulation biases offspring sex ratios towards males in zebra finches. J. Avian Biology.

  8. Turmelle, A., J. Ellison, M.T. Mendonça, G. McCracken. 2010. Histological assessment of cellular immune response to the phytohemagglutinin (PHA) skin test in Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensisJ. Comparative Physiol. B. 180:1155-1164.

  9. Huggins, K.A., K.J. Navara, G. Hill, and M.T. Mendonça. 2010. Detrimental effects of carotenoid pigments: the dark side of bright coloration. Naturwissenschaften. 97:637-44

  10. Shelby-Walker, C., K. Ward, and M.T. Mendonça. 2009. Reproductive parameters in female yellow-blotched map turtles (Graptemys flavimaculata) from a historically contaminated  site vs. a reference site. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A. 154:401-408.

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Undergraduate Graduate
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Human Odyssey I and II
Physiological Ecology
Vertebrate Reproductive Biology
Hormones and Behavior
Professional Aspects of Biology

Last updated: 01/24/2024