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University of Nevada, Reno
Jenny Ouyang

How do some individuals in the same population raise ten offspring while others only have one? How do some individuals survive cold winters and breed again while others do not live past their first winter?


Our lab is interested in the ecology and evolution of physiological systems. To answer the questions above, we empirically test, in natural and laboratory populations, how, and at what rate, physiologically-regulated traits can evolve and enable organismal adaptation to changing environmental conditions.


City Night Lights


August 2022

Jenny was awarded a NSF CAREER grant to study artificial light and night and urbanization. Very excited to continue work on urban ecology, genes, and phenotype. Especially excited about the education plan.

Holding a Bird

New paper

July 2022

We have a new paper out in Ecol App about Pb, hormones, and reproductive success. This work was highlighted by ESA, the Wildlife Society, and Swedish Radio


New graduate student

Sept 2021

Ivan Celso Carvalho Provinciato joins the lab from Brazil. He received his master's from the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho in Rio Claro. He is the recipient of the Dean's Merit Fellowship


Two new papers

April 2021

Jen Heppner has a new paper out in Frontiers about incubation behaviors in urban environments. Val Alaasam has a new paper out in Env Poll about ALAN, cardiovascular impacts, and circadian rhythms.  An undergraduate initiated project on visualizing stress physiology using non-invasive infrared technology is also out in Stress


New paper & graduation

April 2020

Avery Grant has a new paper in GCE from her Master's on hormone levels across space and time. A huge congratulations to this year's graduating seniors, who are missing a proper celebration of their achievements, honor's thesis defenses, and family gatherings. We are so proud of you! 

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