Publications, Presentations and Awards


PhD (Zoology- Reproductive Physiology): La Trobe University, Australia 2015
PGDipSci (Wildlife Management): University of Otago, New Zealand 2009
BSc (Zoology): University of Otago, New Zealand 2008



Wrobel ER, Molina E, Khan N, Mendonça MT, Navara KJ. (in press) Androgen and mineralocorticoid receptors are present on the germinal disc region in laying hens: Potential mediators of sex ratio adjustment in birds? General and Comparative Endocrinology.

Khan, N., Peters, R., Richardson, E. & Robert, K. (2016) ‘Maternal corticosterone exposure has trans-generational effects on grand-offspring’. Biology Letters, 11(12)

Khan, N., Peters, R., & Robert, K. (2016) ‘Compensating for a stressful start: maternal corticosterone, offspring survival, and size at fledging in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Emu 116(3), 262-272

Khan, N. & Robert, K.A. (2013) Does sex matter? Differential responses to corticosterone administration in the zebra finch. Zoology, 116, 293.

Keeney, D., Bryan-Walker, K., Khan, N., King, T. & Poulin, R (2009). The influence of clonal diversity and intensity-dependence on trematode infections in an amphipod. Parasitology 136, 339–348.

Keeney, D., Lagrue, C., Bryan-Walker, K., Khan, N., Leung, T. & Poulin, R. (2008). The use of fluorescent fatty acid analogs as labels in trematode experimental infections. Experimental Parasitology 120, 15-20


*Please contact me if you would like a PDF of any of these papers.


Media and public engagement:

2019    ‘Life with Lobsters’, Johnshaven Fish Festival, Johnshaven, UK (primary school children’s activities)

2019   ‘Hypothalamus Hunt’, Royal Society of Edinburgh Start-up Science Masterclass, St Andrews, UK (activities and research discussion with secondary school students)

2019   ‘Why does a mother have sons or daughters?’ Frontiers for Young Minds (peer-reviewed journal article aimed at 12-15 year olds)

2019  ‘Gulls and Garbage: What do our Gulls Actually Eat?’, Science Discovery Day, St Andrews, UK (family activities and research discussion)

2013  ‘Dependable Daughters vs. Sexy Sons’, The Science Show: ABC National Radio, Australia


Conference presentations:

2019  ‘The effect of maternal stress on offspring sperm quality’, Mechanisms and              Evolution of Intergenerational Change: Cambridge, UK

2017  ‘Influences of urban life and anthropogenic feeding on immunity in White Ibises’, The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology: New Orleans, LA, USA

2016  ‘Parental stress and reproductive effort’, The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology: Portland, OR, USA

2014  ‘The effects of maternal stress on offspring’, The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology: Austin, TX, USA

2013  ‘Sex, stress and conservation’, Student Conference for Ecology and the Environment: Melbourne, Australia

2011  ‘Stress response and duration: sex differences in zebra finches, Australasian Ornithological Conference: Cairns, Australia


Guest lectures and seminars:

2017  ‘Sexual selection and reproductive behaviour in Aves’, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

2015  ‘Responding to a changing environment’, University of Georgia, USA

2015  ‘The trans-generational effects of maternal stress’, University of Georgia, USA

2015  ‘Maternal stress: The trans-generational effects of corticosterone on zebra  finches’, La Trobe University, Australia

2014  ‘Is research for you? A guide for undergraduates’ La Trobe University,  Australia

2013  ‘Avian respiration: why birds are better than mammals’, La Trobe University,  Australia


Grants, Scholarships and Awards:

British Society for Neuroendocrinology travel grant (2019)

Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences: The Impact of Repeated Early Life Capture on the Physiology of the European Lobster (2019)

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Student Scholarship: The Use of Water Baths to Reduce Stress in Caged Zebra Finches (2019)

British Society for Neuroendocrinology Undergraduate Student Experience Grant: The Impact of Green Milk Seed Provisioning on Reproductive Success (2019)

British Society for Neuroendocrinology Undergraduate Student Experience Grant: The Use of Water Baths to Reduce Stress in Caged Zebra Finches (2019)

University of Oxford travel grant (Workshop: “Stage-based demographic models in ecology, evolution and conservation biology”) (2017)

Web of Science Postgraduate Writing Award (2014)

Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award (2013)

Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award (2011)

La Trobe University Full Fee Scholarship (2011)

La Trobe University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2011)


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