Sarah Wofford, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
128E Martin Hall
256-782-5638
swofford@jsu.edu 

I am a sensory and behavioral ecologist that studies how altering environmentally relevant information can influence aggressive social behaviors.During my PhD studies, I focused on the differences in behavioral changes for males and females and how varied ecological contexts (i.e. resources, predator presence) could influence these behaviors. Specifically, I asked questions like “do males and females of a species use different sources of information to make behavioral decisions in aggressive interactions?” “Does changing resource availability or the chemical information cocktail alter these decisions?” As an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University I have established the Behavioral and Sensory Ecology Laboratory to further pursue those types of questions. Current students in research lab are exploring the effects of sleep deprivation on social relationships, the impacts of resource allocation after the introduction of an invasive species, and the role of chemical information on mate selection and habitat choice.

Outside of research, I am also involved in a massive team effort to introduce course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) throughout our curriculum. We’re currently on our second successful semester of implementation in Ecology and we’re currently working on introducing CUREs in our introductory courses. In my spare time, I enjoy participating in science outreach activities, like JSU’s kid college program or the awesome national program, Letters to a Pre-Scientist. I also love making music, watching college football, and doing anything outside!

If you are interested in engaging in undergraduate or graduate research in my lab, please send me an email at swofford@jsu.edu You can also keep up with lab updates on my website.

Sarah Wofford

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology II
  • Introductory Biology II Laboratory: Alabamazon CURE
  • Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Population and Community Ecology (Graduate Course)
  • Biotic Response to Sea Level Change

Education

  • 2013-2017 Ph.D. in Biology, Mentor: Dr. Paul A. Moore
    Bowling Green State University- Bowling Green, Ohio
  • 2011-2013 M.S. in Biology, Mentor: Dr. Paul A. Moore
    Bowling Green State University- Bowling Green, Ohio
  • 2007-2011 B.S. in Marine Science and Biology
    University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa, Alabama