Kat Graduates!

Last Friday, I officially became a doctor and graduated from Indiana University! I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend the ceremony and be hooded by my amazing advisor, Greg. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds!

Review Published in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A

My review on the role of melatonin in regulating seasonal aggression was published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A! In this review, I discuss the physiological and cellular mechanisms underlying seasonal plasticity in aggressive and non-aggressive social behaviors in vertebrates, including a key role for melatonin in facilitating a “seasonal switch” in the neuroendocrine…

The Doctor is in!

Last Friday, I presented my Ph.D. defense seminar entitled “Melatonin as a Neuroendocrine Regulator of Seasonal Aggression in Siberian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)” and successfully defended my dissertation! I am humbled and proud to be Dr. Munley!

Review Published in Hormones and Behavior

My review discussing how liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) can be used to study seasonal (and non-seasonal) brain-behavior interactions was recently published in Hormones and Behavior! This article was the result of a fun collaboration with Devaleena Pradhan and Kristina Wade from the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University. In the review, we…

Kat Receives Hanna Kolodziejski Fellowship

I received the Hanna Kolodziejski Fellowship at ABC 2022! This fellowship is awarded annually to a CISAB and EEB graduate student at Indiana University who shows academic talent in research and teaching and demonstrates a commitment to the community through service or outreach programs. It was an honor to be awarded this fellowship, and it is…

Kat Presents at ABC 2022

Last weekend, I presented my research at the 2022 Animal Behavior Conference! In my talk, I discussed some of my recent work examining how seasonal changes in melatonin secretion alter steroidogenic enzyme activity and seasonal aggression in male and female Siberian hamsters. This will be my last presentation at this meeting, which is hosted by…

Kat Receives Honorable Mention for DCE Gorbman Award for Best Student Oral Presentation at SICB 2022

I received an Honorable Mention for the Division of Comparative Endocrinology’s Aubrey Gorbman Award for Best Student Oral Presentation at SICB 2022, the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s annual meeting! In my presentation, I discussed some of my recent findings on how melatonin regulates seasonal and sex-specific changes in steroidogenic enzyme activity and aggression…

Manuscript Published in Hormones and Behavior

My manuscript on the role of adrenal melatonin type 1 (MT1) receptors in regulating seasonal plasticity in social behavior was recently published in Hormones and Behavior! In this study, I showed that overexpressing MT1 receptors in the adrenal glands and exposure to short-day (SD) photoperiods caused similar changes in social behavior, including increased aggression and decreased investigation…

Kat Gives Invited Talk at Annual Seasonality Symposium

Last week, I gave a virtual invited talk at the Annual Seasonality Symposium 2021, a meeting sponsored by the British Society for Neuroendocrinology and the Journal of Neuroendocrinology! In my presentation, I discussed some of my recent findings on how seasonal changes in melatonin secretion and adrenal melatonin type 1 (MT1) receptor expression alter steroid synthesis…