My research focusses on the growth, development and behaviour of vertebrates. More specifically, I am interested in how environmental conditions faced by developing animals may affect their subsequent life histories, particularly their reproductive behaviour. In addition to the theoretical questions pertaining to this topic there are a number of practical applications. For example, we might ask: “How does exposure to certain pesticides during development affect fish over the long term?” Questions such as these are important on PEI where pesticide runoff into local waterways has resulted in numerous fish kills over the past decade.
Ontogeny and behaviour in vertebrates
How early stress affects subsequent life history characteristics in fish and amphibians
Teather, K., Jardine, C., and K. Gormley. In press. Behavioural and sex ratio modification of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) in response to environmentally relevant mixtures of three pesticides. Arch. Env. Cont. Toxic.
Gormley, K. and K. Teather. In press. Developmental, behavioural, and reproductive effects experienced by Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) in response to short-term exposure to endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.
Gallant, N. and K.L. Teather. 2001. Differences in size, pigmentation and fluctuating asymmetry in stressed and nonstressed northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens). Ecoscience 8: 430-436.
Teather, K., Harris, M, Boswell, J. and M. Gray. 2001. Effects of Acrobat MZ and Tattoo C on Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) development and adult male behaviour. Aquatic Toxicology 51: 419-430.
Teather, K. L., J. Boswell, and M. A. Gray. 2000. Early life-history arameters of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes). Copeia 2000: 813-818.
Current Collaborators (non-UPEI):
Joanne Parrott (National Water Research Institute, Burlington, ON)
Neil Burgess (Canadian Wildlife Service, St. John’s, NF)
Kelly Munkittrick (Canadian Rivers Institute, UNB, NB)
Mark Hewitt (National Water Research Institute, Burlington, ON)