Amanda majored in wildlife sciences with a minor in biology in the College of Natural Resources. She joined the Hopkins lab in the spring of 2009 working on a project examining the effects of dietary mercury on wood frogs. The following summer, as a FLeDGE participant, she assisted the wood duck project studying the effects of incubation temperature on stress hormones and locomotion.

Amanda began preparing for her senior thesis in the fall of 2009. Her thesis examined the trade offs between wound healing and thermoregulation mediated by incubation temperature in wood duck (Aix sponsa) ducklings.

Amanda graduated in the spring of 2011 and began working as a post-baccalaureate research fellow in the Hopkins lab. Her focus was wildlife physiology, particularly the endocrine system, maternal effects and temperature-dependent sex determination.

In 2012, Amanda accepted a PhD position with Dr. Rachel Bowden at Illinois State University. Her dissertation research seeks to understand how natural seasonal variation in estrogen levels can affect turtle hatchling sex determination (TSD). Understanding how estrogens interact with temperature to affect sex determination will enhance our understanding of TSD, and increase our ability to predict how reptiles may respond to climate change.

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Published Work

Carter, A.W., Hopkins, W.A. Moore, I.T., and DuRant, S.E., 2014. Influence of incubation recess patterns on incubation period and hatchling traits in wood ducks (Aix sponsa). Journal of Avian Biology 45(3) 273-279.

S. E. DuRant, A. W. Carter, R. J. Denver, G. R. Hepp, and W. A. Hopkins. 2014. Are thyroid hormones mediators of incubation temperature-induced phenotypes in birds? Biol Lett 2014 10: 20130950.

Carter, A. W., S.E. DuRant, G.R. Hepp, W.A. Hopkins. 2013. Thermal challenge severity differentially influences wound healing in wood duck (Aix sponsa) ducklings. Journal of Experimental Zoology: Part A.

Hawley, D., DuRant, S., Wilson, A., Adelman, J., Hopkins, W. 2012. Additive metabolic costs of thermoregulation and pathogen infection. Functional Ecology 26:701-710.

DuRant, S.E., Hopkins, W.A., Wilson, A.F., Hepp, G.R. 2012. Incubation temperature affects the metabolic cost of thermoregulation in a young precocial bird. Functional Ecology 26:416-422.