2017, in press, & pre-prints

Abolins-Abols, M.; Hanauer, R.E.; Rosvall, K.A.; Peterson, M.P.; Ketterson, E.D. The effect of chronic and acute stressors, and their interaction, on gonadal function: an experimental test during gonadal recrudescence. Pre-print at bioRxiv

Whittaker, D.J.*; Rosvall, K.A.*; Slowinski, S.P.; Soini, H.A.; Novotny, M.V.; Ketterson, E.D. Songbird chemical signals reflect uropygial gland androgen sensitivity and predict aggressive behavior. Accepted at Journal of Comparative Physiology, A. *equal author contribution.

Ho, J; Bergeon Burns, C.M.; Rendon, N.M.; Rosvall, K.A.; Bradshaw, H.B.; Ketterson, E.D.; Demas, G.E. 2017. Lipid signaling and fat storage in the dark-eyed junco. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 247, 166-173. article


Rosvall, K.A.; Bergeon Burns, C.M.; Jayaratna, S.P.; Ketterson E.D. 2016. Divergence along the gonadal steroidogenic pathway: implications for hormone-mediated phenotypic evolution. Hormones and Behavior. 8: 1-8. article

Rosvall, K.A.; Bergeon Burns, CM; Jayaratna, SP; Dossey, EK; Ketterson ED. 2016. Gonads and the evolution of hormonal phenotypes. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56: 225-234. article


Rosvall, K.A. Peterson, M.P. 2014. Behavioral effects of social challenges and genomic mechanisms of social priming: What’s testosterone got to do with it? Current Zoology. 60(6): 791-803. (Theme Issue: Ecological and Evolutionary Connections between Morphology, Behavior and Physiology) article

Cain, K.E.; Rosvall, K.A. 2014. Next steps for understanding the selective relevance of female-female competition. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 2:32. article

Rosvall, K.A.; Peterson, M.P.; Reichard, D.G.; Ketterson, E.D. 2014. Highly context-specific activation of the HPG axis in the dark-eyed junco and implications for the Challenge Hypothesis. General & Comparative Endocrinology. 201: 65-73. article

Bergeon Burns, C.M.; Rosvall, K.A.; Hahn, T.P.; Demas, G.E.; Ketterson, E.D. 2014. Examining sources of variation in HPG axis function among individuals and populations of the dark-eyed junco. Hormones & Behavior. 65(2): 179-87. article, Press: F1000, Featured commentary by Greg Ball

Peterson, M.P.; Rosvall, K.A.; Taylor, C.A.; Choi, J.H.; Ziegenfus, C.; Tang, H.; Colbourne, J.K.; Ketterson, E.D. 2014. Potential for sexual conflict assessed via testosterone-mediated transcriptional changes in liver and muscle of a songbird. J. Experimental Biology. 217:507-517. article


Rosvall K.A.; Bergeon Burns, C.M.; Hahn, T.P.; Ketterson, E.D. 2013. Sources of variation in HPG axis reactivity and individually consistent elevation of sex steroids in a female songbird. General & Comparative Endocrinology. 194: 230-239. article

Rosvall, K.A. 2013. Proximate perspectives on the evolution of female aggression: Good for the gander, good for the goose? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B. 368: 20130083. article

Peterson, M. P.; K. A. Rosvall; J. Choi; C. Ziegenfus; H. Tang; J. K. Colbourne; E. D. Ketterson. 2013. Testosterone affects neural gene expression differently in male and female juncos: a role for hormones in mediating sexual dimorphism and conflict. PLoS ONE. 8(4): e61784. article

Rosvall, K. A. 2013. Life history trade-offs and the evolution of behavioral sensitivity to testosterone: an experimental test when female aggression and maternal care co-occur. PLoS ONE. 8(1): e54120. article

Bergeon Burns, C.M.*; Rosvall, K.A.*; Ketterson E.D. 2013. Neural steroid sensitivity and aggression: comparing individuals of two songbird subspecies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 26(4):820-31. *equal author contribution. article


Rosvall, K. A.*, Reichard, D. G.*, Ferguson, S.M., Whittaker, D.J., Ketterson, E. D. 2012. Robust behavioral effects of song playback in the absence of testosterone or corticosterone release. Horm. Behav. 62: 418-425. *equal author contribution. article.

Rosvall, K. A., Bergeon Burns, C.M., Barske, J., Goodson, J.L., Schlinger, B.A., Sengelaub, D.R., Ketterson, E.D. 2012. Neural sensitivity to sex steroids predicts individual differences aggression: implications for behavioral evolution. Proc. R. Soc. B. 279: 3547-3555. article. press coverage.


Rosvall, K. A. 2011. Maintenance of variation in sexually selected traits in females: a case study using intrasexual aggression in tree swallows Tachycineta bicolor. J. Avian Biol. 42: 454-462.

Rosvall, K. A. 2011. Intrasexual competition among females: evidence for sexual selection? Behav. Ecol. 22: 1131-1140. (Invited Review)

Rosvall, K. A. 2011. By any name, female-female competition yields differential mating success. Behav. Ecol. 22: 1144-1146. (Invited Commentary)

Rosvall, K. A. 2011. Cost of female intrasexual aggression in terms of offspring quality: a cross-fostering study. Ethology. 117: 1-13.


Rosvall, K. A. 2010. Do males offset the cost of female aggression? An experimental test in a biparental songbird. Behav. Ecol. 21: 161-168.


Rosvall, K. A. 2008. Sexual selection on aggressiveness in females: evidence from an experimental test with tree swallows. Anim. Behav. 75: 1603-1610.


Book chapters :

Rosvall, KA; Bergeon Burns, CM; Peterson, MP. 2016. Diving deeper into mechanism: individual and sex differences in testosterone production, sensitivity, and genomic responses. Snowbird: Integrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco, Eds. ED Ketterson & JW Atwell, University of Chicago Press.

Bergeon Burns, C.M.; Rosvall, K.A. 2016. A physiological view of population divergence: comparing hormone production and response mechanisms. Snowbird: Integrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco, Eds. ED Ketterson & JW Atwell, University of Chicago Press.