Kimberly Rosvall, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology, has been selected to receive IU Bloomington’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for 2020. The award is the most prestigious campus-level award available specifically to pre-tenure faculty.
The Outstanding Junior Faculty Award identifies promising tenure-track faculty and provides resources to further develop their research programs or creative activity. It is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Those receiving this honor have begun to develop nationally recognized research programs and devoted productive time to the teaching and service missions of the university. Rosvall will receive a $15,000 grant to support her future research.
About Kim Rosvall
Behavior is central to an animal’s response to an environmental challenge, and research in the Rosvall lab seeks to understanding how these responses arise and impact evolutionary success. One primary focus is female-female competition, which Rosvall studies in wild birds that compete for limited nesting sites. Understanding how these aggressive interactions affect gene regulation, hormone secretion, and reproduction in female animals is poorly understood but critical as animals compete for increasingly limited habitat.
Rosvall’s research also explores interactions between behavior, early life stress, and global change, integrating ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about behavior—from changes in gene activity that generate behavioral variation, to evolutionary patterns that arise over millennia and vary among populations in different environments.
Rosvall started her lab in IU's Department of Biology in 2014, after an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral neuroendocrinology at IU. She received her B.S. in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. from Duke University. Rosvall has received extensive funding from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, including a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant, which is the NSF’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty who serve as role models in research and education.