Former Demas lab graduate student Allison Bailey’s manuscript on the effects of food restriction during development on puberty and seasonal reproductive responses to food availability during adulthood was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A! In this study, Allison found that juvenile food restriction reduced growth and delayed puberty in both male and female hamsters. This delay in puberty, however, did not affect long-term seasonal reproductive responses to food availability in these animals. Collectively, her results provide insight into how seasonally breeding animals coordinate reproductive development and adult reproductive responses in changing environments.
A link for the manuscript can be found under the “Publications” page and can also be accessed here.