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Hui, C.K., Chen N.ǂ, Chakraborty A.ǂ, Alaasam V. J., Pieraut S., Ouyang J.Q. Dim artificial light at night alters immediate early gene expression throughout the avian brain. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 17. Link

von Holdt, B.M., Kartzinel, R.Y., van Oers, K., Verhoeven, K.J.F., Ouyang, J.Q. Changes in the rearing environment cause reorganization of molecular networks associated with DNA methylation. The Journal of animal ecology. Link


Heppner, J.J., Krause, J.S., Ouyang, J.Q. Urbanization and maternal hormone transfer: Endocrine and morphological phenotypes across ontogenetic stages. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 114166. Link


Sonnenberg, B.R., Heinen, V.K., Pitera, A.M., Benedict, L.M., Branch, C.L., Bridge, E.S., Ouyang, J.Q., Pravosudov, V.V. Natural variation in developmental condition has limited effect on spatial cognition in a wild food-caching bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289, 20221169. Link


Behnke, T., Street, P., Davies, S., Ouyang, J.Q., Sedinger, J.S. Non-native grazers affect physiological and demographic responses of greater sage-grouse. Ecology and Evolution 12 e9325. Link

White JH, Heppner JJ, Ouyang JQ. Increased lead and glucocorticoid concentrations reduce reproductive success in house sparrows along an urban gradient. Ecological Applications e2688. Link

Press: ESA, Wildlife Society, Swedish RadioWild Animal Initiative


Baldan, D., Negash, M. ǂ, Ouyang, J.Q. Are individuals consistent? Endocrine reaction norms under different ecological challenges. Journal of Experimental Biology 224 (12). Link


Alaasam, V.J., & Ouyang, J.Q. The power of large‐scale community science in addressing anthropogenic change. Global Change Biology, 27(17). Link


Alaasam, V.J., Xiu L., Zhang Y., Niu Y., Ferguson B., Pieraut S., Ouyang J.Q. Effects of dim artificial light at night on locomotor activity, cardiovascular physiology, and circadian clock genes in a diurnal songbird. Environmental Pollution, 282. Link


Heppner, J. J., & Ouyang, J. Q. Incubation behavior differences in urban and rural house wrens, Troglodytes aedon. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9(89). Link


Ouyang, J. Q., Macaballug, P. ǂ, Chen, H.ǂ, Hodach, Kǂ., Tang, S. ǂ, & Francis, J. S. Infrared thermography is an effective, noninvasive measure of HPA activation. Stress, 1-6. Link


Baldan, D., & Ouyang, J. Q. Urban resources limit pair coordination over offspring provisioning. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 15888. Link

Vagasi, C., Tóth, Z., Pénzes, J., Pap, P. L., Ouyang, J. Q., & Lendvai, Á. Z. The Relationship between Hormones, Glucose and Oxidative Damage is Condition- and Stress-dependent in a Free-living Passerine Bird. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. Link


Zhou, Y., Chen, A., Ouyang, J. Q., Liu, Y., Zheng, A., Yang, Z., Lu, C. Comparing community birdwatching and professional bird monitoring with implications for avian diversity research: a case study of Suzhou, China. Avian Research, 11(1), 19. Link

Injaian, A. S., Francis, C. D., Ouyang, J. Q., Dominoni, D. M., Donald, J. W., Fuxjager, M. J., Goymann, W., Hau, M., Husak, J.F., Johnson, M.A., Kircher, B.K., Knapp, R., Martin, L.B., Miller, E.T., Schoenle, L.A., Williams, T.D., Vitousek, M. N. Baseline and stress-induced corticosterone levels across birds and reptiles do not reflect urbanization levels. Conservation Physiology, 8(1). Link


Grant, A. R., Baldan, D., Kimball, M. G., Malisch, J. L., & Ouyang, J. Q. Across time and space: Hormonal variation across temporal and spatial scales in relation to nesting success. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 292, 113462. Link



Ouyang J.Q., Baldan, D., Munguia, C., & Davies, S. Genetic inheritance and environment determine endocrine plasticity to urban living. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286, 1908. Link


Ouyang, J.Q., Isaksson, C., Schmidt, C., Hutton, P., Bonier, F. & Dominoni, D. A New Framework for Urban Ecology: An Integration of Proximate and Ultimate Responses to Anthropogenic Change. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58, 915-928. Link

Tóth, Z., Ouyang, J.Q. & Lendvai, Á.Z. Exploring the mechanistic link between corticosterone and insulin-like growth factor-1 in a wild passerine bird. PeerJ 6, e5936. Link

Alaasam, V.J., Duncan, R., Casagrande, S., Davies, S., Sidher, A., Seymoure, B., Shen, Y., Zhang, Y. & Ouyang, J.Q. Light at night disrupts nocturnal rest and elevates glucocorticoids at cool color temperatures. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology 0. Link


Jong, M., Lamers Koosje, P., Eugster, M., Ouyang, J.Q., Da Silva, A., Mateman, A.C., Grunsven Roy, H.A., Visser Marcel, E. & Spoelstra, K. Effects of experimental light at night on extra-pair paternity in a songbird. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology 0. Link


Ouyang, J.Q., Davies, S. & Dominoni, D. Hormonally mediated effects of artificial light at night on behavior and fitness: linking endocrine mechanisms with function. The Journal of Experimental Biology 221. Link


Davies, S, Haddad, N.ǂ, Ouyang, JQ. Stressful city sounds: glucocorticoid responses to experimental traffic noise are environmentally-dependent. Biology letters. Link


Ouyang JQ, de Jong M, van Grunsven RHA, Matson KD, Haussmann MF, Meerlo P, Visser ME, Spoelstra K. What type of rigorous experiments are needed to investigate the impact of artificial light at night on individuals and populations? Global Change Biology. Link

Ouyang JQ, de Jong M, van Grunsven RHA, Matson KD, Haussmann MF, Meerlo P, Visser ME, Spoelstra K. 2017. Restless roosts: Light pollution affects behavior, sleep, and physiology in a free-living songbird. Global Change Biology. Link

Press coverage: Nature

Welbers AAMH, van Dis NE, Kolvoort AM, Ouyang J, Visser ME, Spoelstra K, Dominoni DM. 2017. Artificial Light at Night Reduces Daily Energy Expenditure in Breeding Great Tits (Parus major). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5(55). Link


de Jong, M., Ouyang, J.Q., van Grunsven, R.H.A., Visser, M.E., Spoelstra, K. Do wild great tits avoid exposure to light at night? PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157357. Link

Dakin R., Ouyang J.Q., Lendvai Á.Z., Haussmann M.F., Moore I.T., Bonier F. 2016. Weather matters: begging calls are temperature- and size-dependent signals of offspring state. Behaviour 153(8):871-896. Link


Ouyang JQ*, Lendvai Á.Z.*, Moore I.T., Bonier F., Haussmann M.F. 2016. Do hormones, telomere lengths, and oxidative stress form an integrated phenotype? A case study in free-living tree swallows. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56(2):138-145. Link
*shared first authorship.


Hau M., Casagrande, S., Ouyang, J.Q., Baugh, A.T. Glucocorticoid-mediated phenotypes in vertebrates: Multilevel variation and evolution. Advances in the Study of Behavior 48: 41-115. Link


de Jong M., Jeninga L., Ouyang J.Q., van Oers K., Spoelstra K., Visser M.E. 2016. Dose-dependent responses of avian daily rhythms to artificial light at night. Physiology & Behavior 155:172-179. Link


Dakin, R., Lendvai, A.Z., Ouyang, J.Q., Moore, I.T., Bonier, F. Plumage colour is associated with partner parental care in mutually ornamented tree swallows. Animal Behaviour 111: 111-118. Link



Ouyang, J.Q,* Lendvai, A.Z.*, Dakin, R., Domalik, A.D.ǂ, Fasanello, V.J.ǂ, Vassallo, B.G. ǂ, Haussmann, M.F., Moore, I.T., & Bonier, F. Weathering the storm: parental effort and experimental manipulation of stress hormones predict brood survival. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 219. Link

*authors contributed equally, shared first-authorship


Lendvai, A.Z., Akçay, Ç., Ouyang, J.Q., Dakin, R., St. John, P.S., Stanback, M., Moore, I.T., and Bonier, F. Analysis of the optimal duration of behavioral observations on an automated continuous monitoring system in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor): is one hour good enough? PLoS ONE 10: e0141194. Link


Ouyang, J.Q., de Jong, M., Hau, M., Visser, M.E., van Grunsven, R.H.A. & Spoelstra, K. Stressful colours: corticosterone concentrations in a free-living songbird vary with the spectral composition of experimental illumination. Biology Letters, 11. Link

Press coverage: The Guardian

Key teaching text at the University of Liverpool


de Jong, M., Ouyang, J.Q., Silva, A. van Grunsven, R.H.A., Kempenaers, B., Visser, M.E., & Spoelstra, K. 2015. Nocturnal illumination of habitat: altered life-history decisions and effects on fitness in wild birds. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 370. Link



Lendvai, A.Z.* Ouyang, J.Q.*, Schoenle, L.A., Fasanello, V.J.ǂ, Haussmann, M.F., Moore, I.T., & Bonier, F. Experimental food restriction reveals individual differences in corticosterone reaction norms with no oxidative costs. PLoS One, 9, e110564. Link

*authors contributed equally, shared first-authorship


Ouyang, J.Q., van Oers, K., Quetting, M., & Hau, M. Becoming more like your mate: hormonal similarity reduces divorce rates in a wild songbird. Animal Behavior 98, 87-93. Link



Ouyang, J.Q., Sharp, P., Quetting, M. & Hau, M. 2013a. Endocrine phenotype, reproductive success and survival in the great tit, Parus major. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 1988-98. Link


Ouyang, J.Q., Muturi, M.ǂ, Quetting, M. & Hau, M. 2013b. Small increases in corticosterone before the breeding season increase parental investment but not fitness in a wild passerine bird. Hormones and Behavior 63: 776-781. ​Link



Ouyang, J.Q., Quetting, M., Hau, M. 2012. Corticosterone and brood abandonment in a passerine bird. Animal Behaviour: 84, 261-268. Link



Ouyang, J.Q., Hau, M., Bonier, F. 2011a. Within seasons and among years: when are corticosterone levels repeatable? Hormones and behavior: 60, 559-564. Link


Ouyang, J. Q., Sharp, P. J., Dawson, A., Quetting, M., Hau, M., 2011b. Hormone levels predict individual differences in reproductive success in a passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278: 2537-2545. Link



Cordoba-Cordoba, S., Ouyang, J.Q., Hauck, S. J. 2010. Nesting preferences and population estimates of a new Black Noddy (Anous minutus) breeding colony on One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef., Marine Ornithology 38: 79–84. Link




Ouyang, J. Q. 2005. Diets of adult and chick western gulls on Santa Barbara Island. Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences 35: 703-714.    


ǂDenotes undergraduate collaborator

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