John Wingfield


Department of Zoology


University of Washington

jwingfie [at]


PO Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

Brief Biography

My undergraduate degree was in Zoology (special honors program) from the University of Sheffield and my Ph.D. in comparative endocrinology and zoology from the University College of North Wales, U.K. Although I am trained as a comparative endocrinologist I have always interacted with behavioral ecologists and I have strived to integrate ecology and physiology down to cellular and molecular levels. The over arching question is how animals cope with a changing environment basic biology of how environmental signals are perceived, transduced into endocrine secretions that then regulate morphological, physiological and behavioral responses. Diversity of mechanisms is becoming more and more apparent and how these evolved is another intriguing question. I was an Assistant Professor at the Rockefeller University in New York and then spent over 20 years as a Professor at the University of Washington. Currently I am Professor and Endowed Chair in Physiology at the University of California at Davis, and Division Director, Integrative and Organismal Systems, The National Science Foundation.

Science Specialties

bird migration, avian biology, avian behavior

Current Research

Hormone-behavior adaptations of arctic birds. Territorial behavior in arctic birds. Environmental stress in arctic birds. Migration in arctic birds. Endocrinology of arctic birds.