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A study of the functional role of the male hormone testosterone in female vertebrates.

The main focus of this project is to asses what the effects are of testosterone (T) on the morphology, physiology and behaviour in the female great tit (Parus major) and in the end on their fitness. Additionally I will investigate if T-concentrations in females are a consequence of a correlated response on T-concentrations in males. At the end of this project I will integrate my results with the current literature on T in female birds. By combining the results of these studies we can generate higher order of conclusions on the relationship between T and behavioural, physiological and morphological parameters.
Date:1 Jan 2009 →  31 Dec 2010
Disciplines:Animal biology, General biology, Veterinary medicine