Assistant Professor of Biology
PhD, Zoology; University of Wisconsin, Madison
MS, Biology; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BS, Neuroscience; Pomona College
206 Winston Hall
Phone: (336) 758-5481
Email: fuxjagmj at wfu.edu
I study the physiological mechanisms of complex social behavior and how evolution shapes these mechanisms to influence species variation in social traits. My research mainly focuses on the interplay between sex steroids and behavior. I am currently using birds to pursue this line of work, including tropical birds (manakins) that perform acrobatic courtship displays and temperate birds (woodpeckers) here in North Carolina that vigorously defend territories. However, I have very broad interests in the endocrine basis of behavior and am comfortable working in a range of vertebrate models. My research program overall is quite integrative, combining concepts and techniques from the fields of physiology, neurobiology, ethology, and evolution.
‡Denotes undergraduate co-author
Schuppe, E.R., Sanin, G.D.‡, and Fuxjager, M.J. (in press). The social context of a territorial dispute differentially influences the way individuals in breeding pairs coordinate their aggressive tactics. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Fuxjager, M.J., Goller, F. Dirkse, A.‡, Sanin, G.D.‡, and Garcia, S. (in press). Select forelimb muscles have evolved superfast contractile speed to support acrobatic social displays. eLife
Fuxjager, M.J., Lee, J., Chan, T., Bahn, J. Chew, J.‡, Xiao, X., and Schlinger, B.A. (2016). Hormones, genes and athleticism: effect of androgens on the avian muscular transcriptome. Molecular Endocrinology. 30: 254-271
Fuxjager, M.J. and Schlinger, B.A. (2015). Perspectives on the evolution of animal dancing: a case study of manakins. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 6: 7-12
Fuxjager, M.J., Eaton, J.‡., Lindsay, W.R., Salwiczek, L.H., Rensel, M.A., Barske, J., Sorenson, L., Day, L.B., Schlinger, B.A. (2015). Evolutionary patterns of adaptive acrobatics and physical performance predict expression profiles of androgen receptor – but not estrogen receptor – in the forelimb musculature. Functional Ecology. 29: 1197-1208.
Fuxjager, M.J., Longpre, K.M., Chew, J.G‡, Fusani, L. and Schlinger, B.A. (2013). Peripheral androgen receptors sustain the acrobatics and fine motor skill of elaborate male courtship. Endocrinology, 154: 3168-3177.