Research in my laboratory focuses on mammalian behavioral development and its physiological substrates. My students and I are currently investigating how social, ecological, and endocrine variables interact during an individual's early development to influence its subsequent behavior and its reproductive success as an adult.
Lab work on hyena intelligence featured in Nature Research Highlights
Dr. Holekamp Receives AAAS honor, featured on MSUToday
Kay and the other 2012 fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 16 February 2013 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts
Read more about the The American Association for the Advancement of Science at http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/
Dr. Holekamp awarded the Smith College Medal
For more about the Smith College Medal, see http://www.smith.edu/events/rallyday_medal.php
Former PhD student Jenn Smith was a fellow of the MSU graduate school while she was here. The grad school has profiled here and mentioned here as a "featured fellow" on the MSU "support for students" blog:
Kay Holekamp was invited to write blog posts to the New York Times "Scientist At Work" series.
BBC features Kate Shaw's photos, new publication by Jenn Smith
BBC News featured research by 2010 PhD Jennifer Smith, Kay Holekamp, and others regarding their work on spotted hyenas joining forces to cooperatively form a coalition. The article, published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, explains how these animals follow a surprisingly complex set of rules when making decisions about cooperation and how doing so provides them with an evolutionary advantage.
See images by doctoral candidate Kate Shaw in the BBC photo essay:
Smith, et al, article in Behavioral Ecology:
Evolutionary forces favoring intragroup coalitions among spotted hyenas and other animals
Mini documentary of our field research via BBC
BBC came to the Mara and produced the following short film about our research and hyenas. It aired in 2008 as part of the BBC's "Big Cat" series.
The above video requires Adobe FlashFor this and other videos about Lions, Hyenas and other wildlife in the Masai Mara, visit the BBC Big Cat series video archive http://www.bbc.co.uk/bigcat/video/
Dr. Holekamp named University Distinguished Professor
The title of University Distinguished Professor (UDP) recognizes outstanding achievement in teaching, research, and public service.
Learn All About Hyenas from the IUCN Hyena family conservation website, sponsored and maintained by our lab.
Kay E. Holekamp
Professor, Department of Zoology,
Program in Ecology, Evolution, Biology & Behavior (EEBB),
Michigan State University
B.A. Smith College, Northampton,MA
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, CA
303 Natural Science Building
288 Farm Lane
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1115
Office Phone: (517) 432-3691
Laboratory Phone: (517) 353-3771
Department Fax: (517) 432-278
Scientist At Work
Field Notes from Kenya