M.S., Georgia State University
B.S., Austin College

Eric Schuppe

Ph.D candidate, 2015-

Prior to coming to Wake Forest, he received his Masters from Georgia State. There, he conducted research to examine the role of local androgen biosynthesis and receptor expression in peripheral reproductive tissues and neuromuscular circuits that underlie complex reproductive behavior. Now in the Fuxjager lab, Eric is examining how sexual selection for physical displays drives the evolution of neuromuscular architecture to support adaptive movement patterns. He is also examining local avian species to understand the importance of androgenic circuits in highly physical territory displays.


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Schuppe, E.R. and Fuxjager M.J. in press. Phenotypic variation reveals sites of evolutionary constraint in the androgenic signaling system. Hormones and Behavior.

Fuxjager, M.J. and Schuppe, E.R. (2018) Androgenic signaling systems and their role in behavioral evolution. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 184: 47-56.

Schuppe, E.R., Petersen, J. and Fuxjager, M.J. 2018. Woodpecker drumming behavior is linked to the elevated expression of genes that encode calcium handling proteins in the neck musculature. Journal of Experimental Biology 221: jeb180190. doi:  10.1242/jeb.180190

Miles, M.C., Schuppe, E.R., Ligon, R.M., and Fuxjager, M.J. (2018) Macroevolutionary patterning of woodpecker drums reveals how sexual selection elaborates signals under constraint. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 285: 20172628.

Schuppe, E.R. and Fuxjager, M.J. 2018. High-speed displays encoding motor skill trigger increased territorial aggression in downy woodpeckers. Functional Ecology. 32: 450-460.

Schuppe, E.R., Pradhan, D.S., Drilling, C., Thonkulpitak, K., Grober M.S. (2017). Sex differences in neuromuscular androgen receptor expression and sociosexual behavior in a sex changing fish. PLoS One. 12: e0177711

Schuppe, E.R., Solomon-Lane, T.K., Pradhan, D.S., Thonkulpitak, K., Grober M.S. (2016). Ancestral androgenic differentiation pathways are repurposed during the evolution of adult sexual plasticity. Evolution and Development. 18: 285-296.

Fuxjager, M.J., Schuppe, E.R., Hoang, J., Chew, J., Shah, M., and Schlinger, B.A. (2016). Expression of 5α- and 5β-reductase in spinal cord and muscle of birds with different courtship repertoires. Frontiers in Zoology. 13: 25.

Mangiamele, L.A.*, Fuxjager, M.J.*, Schuppe, E.R., Taylor, R.S., Hödl, W., and Preininger, D. (2016). Increased androgenic sensitivity in the hind limb muscular system marks the evolution of a derived gestural display. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 113: 5664-5669. *Authors contributed equally to this work (cover article)

Schuppe, E.R., Sanin, G.D., and Fuxjager, M.J. (2016). The social context of a territorial dispute differentially influences the way individuals in breeding pairs coordinate their aggressive tactics. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 70: 673-682.