Welcome to the Dantzer Lab Webpage!

We are a group of researchers that focus on understanding the evolutionary and physiological mechanisms that enable wild animals to cope with environmental change as well as the ultimate and proximate causes of variation in behavioral and life history traits. We integrate animal behavior, evolution, ecology, and physiology in our studies of the behavior and life histories of wild animals.

We believe in a multi-level and integrative approach to addressing our research questions. As such, we study the physiology, behavior, and life histories of wild animals in the field, use detailed laboratory analyses, and compile databases from existing literature to use in comparative analyses. See the research page for more info.

We are based in the Department of Psychology in the Biopsychology Area and also affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Awarded NSF CAREER Award!

Thrilled and humbled to announce that the lab has received an NSF CAREER Award (NSF IOS 1749627)! There will be opportunities for lab/field assistants and a post-doc so please contact me if you are interested.

Lab at SICB Conference!

The Dantzer Lab was fully represented at the annual meeting of the Society for Comparative and Endocrinology in San Francisco. Anne presented a poster on some of the exciting results from her first field season studying the social behavior and […]

Sarah Westrick featured in Discover Magazine

Sarah Westrick had her interesting encounter with a lynx while she was doing field work in the Yukon featured in Discover Magazine!

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Ben Dantzer

Department of Psychology
University of Michigan
530 Church Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Phone: 734-615-2352
Email: dantzer@umich.edu