Head of the Schoech Laboratory
Department of Biology
University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Behavioral, reproductive, and environmental endocrinology; physiological ecology; behavioral ecology; avian biology.
He is an integrative organismal biologist with a focus on vertebrates, primarily birds. He has strong intellectual ties to and use techniques from behavioral ecology, environmental physiology, and comparative endocrinology.
More specifically, he is interested in: 1) the effects of an animal's environment upon its physiology and the subsequent effects upon initiation of reproductive behaviors; 2) how the interactions between stress (e. g., corticosterone) and reproductive (e. g., testosterone and estradiol) affect an animal’s reproductive effort; 3) hormones and the hormonal mechanisms that mediate reproductive behaviors, especially parental and alloparental (i. e., helping to care for non-descendant young) behaviors; and 4) how social and within-pair interactions synchronize reproductive behavior. His research integrates techniques from a number of disciplines to address these fundamental questions in organismal biology.
Schoech, S. J., S. J. Reynolds and R. K. Boughton. 2004. Endocrinology. pp. 128-141, In: Ecology and Evolution of Cooperative Breeding in Birds, W. D. Koenig and J. Dickenson (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Great Britain.
Schoech, S. J. and R. Bowman. 2003. Does differential access to protein influence differences in timing of breeding of Florida Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens) in suburban and wildland habitats? Auk 120:1114-1127.
Reynolds, S. J., S. J. Schoech, and R. Bowman. 2003. Diet quality during prelaying and nestling periods influences growth and survival of Florida scrub-jay, Aphelocoma coerulescens, chicks. Journal of Zoology, London 261:217-226.
Reynolds, S. J., S. J. Schoech, and R. Bowman. 2003. Nutritional quality of pre-breeding diet influences breeding performance of the Florida Scrub-Jay: a supplemental feeding study. Oecologia 134:308-316.
Owen-Ashley, N. T. S. J. Schoech, and R. L. Mumme. 2002. Context-specific response of Florida Scrub-Jay pairs to Northern Mockingbird vocal mimicry. Condor 104:858-865.
Schoech, S. J. 2001. Physiology and helping in Florida Scrub-Jays. pp. 101 - 108, In: Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from American Scientist, P. W. Sherman and J. Alcock (eds.). Sinaur Publishing, Sunderland, Mass.
Mumme, R. L., S. J. Schoech, G. E. Woolfenden, and J. W. Fitzpatrick. 2000. Life and death in the fast lane: Demographic consequences of road mortality in the Florida Scrub-Jay. Conservation Biology 14:501-512.
Maney, D. L., S. J. Schoech, P. J. Sharp, and J. C. Wingfield. 1999. Effects of vasoactive intestinal peptide on plasma prolactin in passerines. General and Comparative Endocrinology 113:323-330.
Schoech, S. J., E. D. Ketterson, and V. Nolan Jr. 1999. Exogenous testosterone and the adrenocortical response in Dark-eyed Juncos. Auk 116:64-72.
Schoech, S. J., E. D. Ketterson, V. Nolan, Jr., P. J. Sharp, and J. D. Buntin. 1998. The effect of exogenous testosterone on parental behavior, plasma prolactin and prolactin binding sites in Dark-eyed Juncos. Hormones and Behavior 34:1-10.
Schoech, S. J., R. L. Mumme, and J. C. Wingfield. 1997. Breeding status, corticosterone, and body mass in the cooperatively breeding Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens). Physiological Zoology 70:68-73.
Wingfield, J. C, T. P. Hahn, M. Wada, and S. J. Schoech. 1997. Effects of day length and temperature on gonadal development, body mass, and fat depots in White-crowned Sparrows, Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis. General and Comparative Endocrinology 107:44-62.
Schoech, S. J. 1996. The effect of supplemental food on body condition and the timing of reproduction in a cooperative breeder, the Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens). Condor 98:234-244.
Schoech, S. J., R. L. Mumme, and J. C. Wingfield. 1996. Prolactin and helping behaviour in the cooperatively breeding Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens). Animal Behaviour 52:445-456.