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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Kristina Smiley

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
Research summaryNeuroendocrinology

Research

I am studying the role of prolactin in modulating the neural circuits underlying maternal and paternal care.

Publications

Stagkourakis, S., Smiley, K. O., Williams, P., Kakadellis, S., Ziegler, K., Bakker, J., Brown, R. S. E., … Grattan, D. R., & Broberger, C. (2020). A neuro-hormonal circuit for paternal behavior controlled by a hypothalamic network oscillation. Cell. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.07.007

Smiley, K. O., Buntin, J. D., Corbitt, C., & Deviche, P. (2020). Central prolactin binding site densities change seasonally in an adult male passerine bird (Junco hyemalis). Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 106, 101786. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2020.101786

Garratt, M., Try, H., Smiley, K. O., Grattan, D. R., & Brooks, R. C. (2020). Mating in the absence of fertilization promotes a growth-reproduction versus lifespan trade-off in female mice. PNAS, 117(27), 15748-15754. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2003159117

Smiley, K. O., Ladyman, S. R., Gustafson, P., Grattan, D. R., & Brown, R. S. E. (2019). Neuroendocrinology and adaptive physiology of maternal care. In Current topics in behavioral neurosciences. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/7854_2019_122

Smiley, K. O. (2019). Prolactin and avian parental care: New insights and unanswered questions. Hormones & Behavior, 111, 114-130. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2019.02.012

Chapter in Book - Research

Smiley, K. O., Ladyman, S. R., Gustafson, P., Grattan, D. R., & Brown, R. S. E. (2019). Neuroendocrinology and adaptive physiology of maternal care. In Current topics in behavioral neurosciences. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/7854_2019_122

Adkins-Regan, E., & Smiley, K. O. (2018). Parental behavior and hormones in non-mammalian vertebrates. In B. D. Roitberg (Ed.), Reference module in life sciences. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.90067-0

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Journal - Research Article

Stagkourakis, S., Smiley, K. O., Williams, P., Kakadellis, S., Ziegler, K., Bakker, J., Brown, R. S. E., … Grattan, D. R., & Broberger, C. (2020). A neuro-hormonal circuit for paternal behavior controlled by a hypothalamic network oscillation. Cell. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.07.007

Garratt, M., Try, H., Smiley, K. O., Grattan, D. R., & Brooks, R. C. (2020). Mating in the absence of fertilization promotes a growth-reproduction versus lifespan trade-off in female mice. PNAS, 117(27), 15748-15754. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2003159117

Smiley, K. O., Buntin, J. D., Corbitt, C., & Deviche, P. (2020). Central prolactin binding site densities change seasonally in an adult male passerine bird (Junco hyemalis). Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 106, 101786. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2020.101786

Smiley, K. O., & Adkins-Regan, E. (2018). Factors that influence the onset of parental care in zebra finches: Roles for egg stimuli and prolactin. Behavioural Processes, 153, 47-54. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.05.002

Smiley, K. O., & Adkins-Regan, E. (2018). Lowering prolactin reduces post-hatch parental care in male and female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Hormones & Behavior, 98, 103-114. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2017.12.011

Crino, O. L., Buchanan, K. L., Fanson, B. G., Hurley, L. L., Smiley, K. O., & Griffith, S. C. (2017). Divorce in the socially monogamous zebra finch: Hormonal mechanisms and reproductive consequences. Hormones & Behavior, 87, 155-163. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.11.004

Smiley, K. O., & Adkins-Regan, E. (2016). Relationship between prolactin, reproductive experience, and parental care in a biparental songbird, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). General & Comparative Endocrinology, 232, 17-24. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2015.11.012

Smiley, K. O., & Adkins-Regan, E. (2016). Prolactin is related to individual differences in parental behavior and reproductive success in a biparental passerine, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). General & Comparative Endocrinology, 234, 88-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.03.006

Smiley, K. O., Vahaba, D. M., & Tomaszycki, M. L. (2012). Behavioral effects of progesterone on pair bonding and partner preference in the female zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Behavioural Processes, 90(2), 210-216. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2012.01.008

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Journal - Research Other

Smiley, K. O. (2019). Prolactin and avian parental care: New insights and unanswered questions. Hormones & Behavior, 111, 114-130. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2019.02.012

Adkins-Regan, E., Baran, N. M., Fernandez-Vargas, M., McKenna Kelly, E., & Smiley, K. O. (2014). [Review of the book Oxytocin, vasopressin and related peptides in the regulation of behavior]. Animal Behaviour, 87, 240-241. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.11.004

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