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Although definitively an animal behavior researcher, Verdolin has a broad background in ecology and evolutionary biology. These principles are fundamental to all of her scientific inquiry. Her research focuses on three major themes:


1.  Investigating the fitness consequences of individual variation in social behavior.


2. Developing and applying novel statistical approaches to addressing current and future problems in behavioral ecology.


3. Utilizing the results of her scholarship toward implementing real-world conservation solutions.


Kovács, B.,  Jordan, F., Verdolin, J.L. Social flexibility, resource availability, and social network variability in Gunnison’s prairie dogs. In Revision.


Verdolin, J.L. and Richards, P. Influences of life history traits and environment on populations of loggerhead sea turtles: A meta-analysis. In Revision.


Nunn, C.L., Jordán, F., McCabe, C., Verdolin, J.L., Fewell, J. 2015. Parasitism and group size: It is more than just a numbers game. Phil Trans Roy Soc B 370: 20140111.


Verdolin, J.L., Traud, A.L. & Dunn, R. 2014. Key players and hierarchical organization of prairie dog social networks. Ecological Complexity 19, 140-147.


Verdolin, J.L. & Harper, J. 2013. Are shy individuals less behaviorally variable? Insights from a captive lemur population. Primates Advance Access Published May 14, 2013 doi:10.1007/s10329-013-0360-8.


Gavin, M.C., Boteros, C.A., Bowern, C., Colwell, R.K., Dunn, M., Dunn, R., Gray, R.D., Kirby, K.R., McCater, J., Powell, A., Rangel, T., Stepp, J.R., Traurtwein, M., Verdolin, J.L., & Yanega, G. 2013. Towards a mechanistic understanding of linguistic diversity. Bioscience 63, 524-535.


Tecot, S.R., Gerber, B.D., King, S.J., Verdolin, J.L., & Wright, P.C. 2013. Risky business: Sex differences in mortality and dispersal in a polygynous, monomorphic lemur, Milne-Edwards sifaka, Propithecus edwarsi. Behavioral Ecology Advance Access Published February 28, 2013 doi:10.1093/beheco/art008.


Verdolin, J.L. and Slobodchikoff, C.N. 2010. Male territoriality leads to increased access to resources rather than securing paternity in a social sciurid, Cynomys gunnisoni. Behaviour 147, 1145-1167.


Slobodchikoff, C.N., Paseka, A., Verdolin, J.L. 2009. Information content of alarm calls: Prairie dog alarm calls encode information about predator colors. Animal Cognition 12, 435-439.


Verdolin, J.L. 2009. Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni): Testing the resource dispersion hypothesis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63, 789–799.


Verdolin, J.L. and Slobodchikoff, C.N. 2009. Resources, not kinship, determine social patterning in the territorial Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni). Ethology 115, 59-69.         


Verdolin, J.L., Lewis, K., and Slobodchikoff, C.N. 2007. Morphology of prairie dog burrows: A comparison among Gunnison’s, black-tailed, white-tailed, and Utah prairie dogs. Southwestern Naturalist 53:201-207.


Verdolin, J.L. 2007. Resources, not male mating strategies, determine social structure in Gunnison’s prairie dogs. Behaviour 144:1361-1382.                 


Verdolin, J.L. 2006. Meta-Analysis of foraging and predation risk trade-offs in terrestrial systems. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60: 457-464.


Slobodchikoff, C.N. and Verdolin, J.L. 2006. Prairie dogs and people. In: Encyclopedia of human-animal relationships: A global exploration of our connections with animals. Bekoff, M., ed. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT.          


Janson, C. and Verdolin, J.L. 2005. Seasonality of primate births in relation to climate. In: Primate Seasonality: Implications for Human Evolution, D.K. Brockman & C.P. van Schaik, ed., Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology series.


Verdolin, J.L. and Slobodchikoff, C.N. 2002. Vigilance and predation risk in Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni). Canadian Journal of Zoology 80: 1197-1203.

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