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Research interests

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies and a faculty affiliate in the interdisciplinary program in neuroscience at Syracuse University. I teach courses in nutritional biochemistry, nutritional genomics, and human metabolism. My research focus is on vertebrate metabolism, energetics, reproductive physiology, and embryonic development. I am interested in the ways in which humans alter their environment and the subsequent repercussions for both human and non-human vertebrate health. I am a supporting partner in the One Health Initiative, a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. My current projects include 1) evaluating the use of sustainable agriculture in the Galapagos to control an invasive parasite endangering some species of Darwin’s finch, 2) examining the ways in which light intensity, wavelength, and photoperiod modify glucose and lipid regulation in vertebrates, and 3) effects of the endocrine disruptor BPA on metabolism. I also collaborate with faculty at Cornell University, SUNY ESF, The University of North Dakota, The University of North Carolina/the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, The Charles Darwin Foundation, Brown University, University of Victoria (New Zealand), Penn State, Amherst College, and Franklin & Marshall College. The unifying concept for my research is the link between environmental influences (e.g., photoperiod, food availability, dietary components and substrate availability) and genotype and phenotype (e.g. changes in metabolism, reproductive physiology, and the timing of embryonic development).

Education

Biology, PhD, Syracuse University

Sep 1996Aug 2002

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Research Output 1997 2019

Risk assessment of permethrin exposure on a passerine bird: Implications to protect Darwin’s Finches from an avian parasite in Galápagos

Bulgarella, M., Knutie, S., Voss, M. A., Cunninghame, F., Lester, P., Heimpel, G. & Causton, C., Jun 1 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

permethrin
risk assessment
parasites
birds
Taeniopygia guttata

Avian Anatomy

Voss, M. A. & Pavia, M., Aug 2018, Ornithology: Foundation, Critique, and Application. Morrison, M., Rodewald, A., Voelker, G., Colon, M. & Prather, J. (eds.). First ed. Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 129-172 43 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

A framework to assess evolutionary responses to anthropogenic light and sound

Swaddle, J. P., Francis, C. D., Barber, J. R., Cooper, C. B., Kyba, C. C. M., Dominoni, D. M., Shannon, G., Aschehoug, E., Goodwin, S. E., Kawahara, A. Y., Luther, D., Spoelstra, K. & Voss, M. A., Jul 10 2015, In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 1967, 9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

89 Citations (Scopus)

A framework to assess evolutionary responses to anthropogenic light and sound

Swaddle, J. P., Francis, C. D., Barber, J. R., Cooper, C. B., Kyba, C. C. M., Dominoni, D. M., Shannon, G., Aschehoug, E., Goodwin, S. E., Kawahara, A. Y., Luther, D., Spoelstra, K., Voss, M. A. & Longcore, T., Jan 1 2015, In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 30, 9, p. 550-560 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

environmental change
human activity
environmental conditions
lighting
habitat

A comparison of the bacterial microflora found on the surface of American kestrel and House Wren eggs

Potter, B. A., Hyde, E. J., Pier, H. N., Rutter, M. A. & Voss, M. A., Jul 4 2014, In : Open Ornithology Journal. 7, 1, p. 40-48 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Troglodytes aedon
Falco sparverius
egg shell
microorganisms
Firmicutes

Activities 2019 2019

Research in the Galapagos using CUSE grant funds

Joseph Richard Welsh (Participant), Margaret A. Voss (Participant)
Mar 2019

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