Dr. Patricia C. Lopes

Dr. Patricia C. Lopes

Assistant Professor
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences
Expertise: Behavior; Sociality; Physiology; Neuroendocrinology; RFID; Disease;
Office Location: Hashinger Science Center 218
Phone: 714) 516-5882
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.


Research Interests

Dr. Lopes is interested in understanding the causes and consequences of animal social behavior, with an emphasis on disease transmission. Her research integrates several levels of biological organization, including genes, hormones, the brain, the individual, and ultimately the dynamics of a whole social group. In her work, Dr. Lopes combines field and laboratory manipulations, and makes use of behavioral sensors and tracking technology, as well as a range of molecular and histological techniques.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Oxytocin administration during early pair formation delays communal nursing in female house mice N Harrison, PC Lopes, B König Animal Behaviour 123, 61-68
Why are behavioral and immune traits linked? PC Lopes Hormones and behavior 88, 52-59
Infection-induced behavioural changes reduce connectivity and the potential for disease spread in wild mice contact networks PC Lopes, P Block, B König Scientific reports 6
Choosing a healthy mate: sexually attractive traits as reliable indicators of current disease status in house mice PC Lopes, B König Animal Behaviour 111, 119-126
Oxytocin and social preference in female house mice (Mus musculus domesticus) N Harrison, PC Lopes, B König Ethology 122 (7), 571-581
LPS and neuroinflammation: a matter of timing PC Lopes Inflammopharmacology 24 (5), 291-293
A system for automatic recording of social behavior in a free-living wild house mouse population B König, AK Lindholm, PC Lopes, A Dobay, S Steinert, FJU Buschmann Animal Biotelemetry 3 (1), 39
A novel symbiotic relationship between sociable weaver birds (Philetairus socius) and a new cheliferid pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpiones: Cheliferidae) in southern Africa MS Harvey, PC Lopes, GR Goldsmith, A Halajian, MJ Hillyer, JA Huey Invertebrate systematics 29 (5), 444-456
When is it socially acceptable to feel sick? PC Lopes Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281 (1788), 20140218
Increased activity correlates with reduced ability to mount immune defenses to endotoxin in zebra finches. Lopes PC, Springthorpe D, Bentley GE. 2014. J. Exp. Zool. 321A:422–431.