Dr. Michael Romero of Tufts University will be the keynote speaker for the 2021 ISWE Virtual Event. Dr. Romero will be speaking on, “Glucocorticoids in Ecology and Conservation: Promises and Pitfalls.”

L. Michael Romero, Professor of Biology at Tufts University, has studied stress for over 30 years. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford with Robert Sapolsky and did a postdoc with John Wingfield at the University of Washington. The unifying theme to his research is the concept of stress. He has been trying to answer three main questions: what causes stress in a wild animal; what physiological, endocrinological, and behavioral mechanisms are turned on in response to those stressors; and how do those mechanisms help wild animals live in their natural environments. Professor Romero has studied with numerous avian, reptilian, mammalian, and amphibian species. His research takes an integrative approach, utilizing neuroendocrinology, endocrinology, and ecology in both the lab and the field, all with the goal of increasing our comprehension of the causes and effects of stress in wild animals. He has also recently summarized the work in this field in a book he co-wrote with John Wingfield entitled: “Tempests, Poxes, Predators, and People: Stress in Wild Animals and How They Cope.”

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