Dr. Moore’s research interests are centered around developing an integrative understanding of how animals function in their unique social and physical environment. As such,he focuses on investigating free-living animals, primarily reptiles, amphibians, and birds, in a variety of habitats (Arctic to the Tropics). Members of his lab use a variety of techniques from disciplines such as physiology, neuroendocrinology, ecology, evolution, and behavior. At Virginia Tech, Dr. Moore teaches the following biology courses: Intro to Animal Physiology (3404), Behavioral Endocrinology (5434), Study Abroad: Tropical Biology & Conservation (3954), and Study Abroad: Caribean Ecology and Evolution (3954). Currently, there are two main foci in his laboratory in relation to global change:
1) Timing of reproduction in birds. This project is primarily based on Ecuadorian birds but they have also investigated temperate zone birds. From a basic science perspective, Dr. Moore is interested in what environmental cues animals use to time reproduction and how those cues are integrated into physiology and behavior. From an applied perspective, he’s am interested in how those cues are changing and how animals are responding.
(2) Stress and reproduction in birds and reptiles. This project is currently focused on swallows and understanding how stress hormones mediate life-history trade-offs. More broadly, the lab is interested in interactions between stress and reproduction and how these interactions are changing with global change.
Recent Relevant Publications
Moore, I.T. and Jessop, T.S. 2003. Stress, reproduction, and adrenocortical modulation in amphibians and reptiles. Hormones and Behavior 43:39-47.
Bonier, F., Martin, P.R., Moore, I.T., and Wingfield, J.C. 2009. Do baseline glucocorticoids predict fitness? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24(11):634-642.
Moore, I.T., and Hopkins, W.A. 2009. Interactions and trade-offs among physiological determinants of performance and reproductive success. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49:441-451.
Bonier, F. Moore, I.T., and Robertson, E.J. 2011. The stress of parenthood? Increased glucocorticoids in birds with experimentally enlarged broods. Biology Letters 7:944-946.
Goymann, W., Helm, B., Jensen, W., Schwabl, I., and Moore, I.T. 2012. A tropical bird can use the equatorial change in sunrise and sunset times to synchronize its circannual clock. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 279:3527-3534.
Eikenaar, C., Husak, J., Escallón, C, and Moore, I.T. 2012. Variation in testosterone and corticosterone in amphibians and reptiles: relationships with latitude, elevation, and breeding season length. The American Naturalist. 180(5): 642-654.