Haruka Wada
Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor

Office: 314 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

Address: 101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-1338

Fax: (334) 844-1645

Email: hzw0024@auburn.edu


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
B.Sc. – University of Washington

Research and Teaching Interests

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.

Selected Publications

  1. Wada H (in press). Developmental plasticity as origins of individual variation in stress responses. Integrative Organismal Biology.

  2. Kriengwatana B, Wada H, Schmidt KL, Taves MD, Soma KK, MacDougall-Shackleton SA 2014. Effects of nutritional stress during different developmental periods on song and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in zebra finches. Hormones and Behavior 65:285-293. 

  3. Wada H, Newman AEM, Hall ZJ, Soma KK, MacDougall-Shackleton SA 2014. Effects of corticosterone and DHEA on doublecortin immunoreactivity in the song control system and hippocampus of adult song sparrows. Developmental Neurobiology 74:52–62.

  4. Kriengwatana B, Wada H, Macmillan A, MacDougall-Shackleton SA 2013. Juvenile nutritional stress affects growth rate, adult organ mass, and innate immune function in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 86:769-781.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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