Faculty Profile for Dr. Caitlin Gabor

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Dr. Caitlin Gabor
Professor — Biology
SUPP 438
phone: (512) 245-3387

Biography Section

Research Interests

My research program spans population level questions using conservation physiology, behavioral and evolutionary ecology with fish and amphibians as model organisms. My lab studies the historical forces of natural and sexual selection on speciation in a unisexual-bisexual species complex of live bearing fish from a behavioral and physiological standpoint. We also explore predator-prey dynamics from a conservation perspective. Currently, our work focuses on the consequences of anthropogenic stressors on live-bearing fish and amphibian declines using a holistic framework that evaluates mechanisms (e.g., genetic and physiology) through function (e.g., evolutionary and conservation implications).

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Gabor, C., Roznick, E., Knutie, S., & Rohr, J. (2018). Negative effects of contaminants and disease on amphibians are not mediated by the stress hormone corticosterone, 186, 393–404. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-4020-3
  • Jaeger, R., Gollmann, B., Anthony, C., Gabor, C., & Kohn, N. (2016). Behavioral Ecology of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander: 50 Years of Research. Oxford University Press.
  • Barnhart, K., Bletz, M. C., LaBumbard, B., Tokash‐Peters, A., Gabor, C., & Woodhams, D. C. (n.d.). Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans            elicits acute stress response in spotted salamanders but not infection or mortality. Animal Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12565
  • Gabor, C., & Walls, S. C. (n.d.). Editorial: Contributions of Behavior and Physiology to Conservation Biology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00033
  • Gabor, C., & Anthony, C. D. (2020). Robert Gordon Jaeger. Copeia, 108(1), 184. https://doi.org/10.1643/ct2020021

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Fulbright Scholar, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. February 2019 - June 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi at Texas State University. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Fulbright Specialist Program award, Hungary. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities (Associate/Professor). 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Balassi Institute Scholarship, Hungary. 2014

Selected Grants

  • Gabor, Caitlin, Walls, Dr. Susan. Amphibian and Research and Monitoring Initiative, USGS ARMI, $317927. (Funded: 2014 - 2017). Grant.
  • Gabor, Caitlin, Blake, Chelsea. NSF – GRFP, $132000. (Funded: 2013 - 2016). Grant.
  • Gabor, Caitlin. The effects of urbanization on physiological stress of Jollyville Plateau salamanders, Eurycea tonkawae, USFWS State Wildlife Grant Program, $32716. (Funded: 2013 - 2014). Grant.
  • Gabor, Caitlin, Gabor (Principal), Nice (Co-Principal), Aspbury (Co-Principal). The maintenance of unisexuality: Behavior, hormones, and genetic diversity in a unisexual-bisexual mating complex, NSF –IOS, Animal Behavior, $350000. (Funded: 2010 - 2014). Grant.
  • Gabor, Caitlin. Ecolab, $5722. (Funded: 2017). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Research Topic Frontiers in Evolution and Ecology
President's Council for Women in Higher Education committee
College REview Group
Performing Arts Committee
September 2017-Present
Francis Rose Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research