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David Crews

Associate Faculty Ph.D., Rutgers University

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Biography

Education

  • B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1969
  • Ph.D., Psychobiology, Institute of Animal Behavior, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1969

See also Dr. Crews' curriculum vita.

Research Interests

In general, Dr. Crews is interested in the meaning of diversity in reproductive controlling mechanisms and the evolution of brain mechanisms controlling behavior. Specifically, his research objectives are to (i) investigate how the environment regulates reproduction, (ii) determine how stimuli relevant to reproduction are perceived and integrated by the central nervous system, (iii) demonstrate how the central nervous system regulates internal reproductive state, and (iv) examine how change in internal state influence the expression of behavior. To this end he uses a comparative interdisciplinary approach that combines and integrates the molecular to the ecological levels of biological organization. His research is conducted in both the laboratory and the field because in this way the causal mechanisms and functional outcomes of reproductive processes are revealed at each level while illuminating the relations among the levels.

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Instruction

Fall 1999

  • ZOO 390K.17 - Seminar in Physiology and Behavior

See also information on the Undergraduate Biomedical Training Program.

Awards/Honors

  • Grass Foundation Lecturer, 1997
  • Fellow, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996
  • Fellow, American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, 1995
  • Fellow, American Psychological Society, 1991
  • Walker-Ames Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, 1991
  • NIMH MERIT Award, 1989
  • Irving I. Geschwind Memorial Lecturer, 1989
  • NIMH Research Scientist Award, 1988-1998
  • First Esquire Register of Outstanding Americans Under Age 40, 1984
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1983
  • American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology, 1979
  • President's Award for Innovative Teaching, Harvard University , 1978
  • NIMH Research Scientist Development Award, 1977-1987
  • Sloan Fellow in Neuroscience, 1977-1979
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honorary, 1976
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honorary Society, 1969
  • Key Scholar, University of Maryland, 1968-1969

Publications

Dr. Crews has published over 250 research articles, book chapters, and essays in the areas of reproductive biology, neuroscience and endocrinology and edited three books. Below are just a few:

  • David Crews and Jon Sakata. 2000. Evolution of brain mechanisms controlling sexual behavior. In Sexual Differentiation of the Brain. A. Matsumoto (ed.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. pp. 113-130.
  • David Crews. 1999. Sexuality: The environment organization of phenotypic plasticity. In Reproduction in Context. K. Wallen and J. Schneider (eds.). M.I.T. Press, Cambridge. pp. 473-499.
  • David Crews. 1999. Reptilian reproduction, overview. In Encyclopedia of Reproduction. Ernst Knobil and Jimmy D. Neill (eds.). Academic Press, New York. pp. 254-259.
  • David Crews and James Perran Ross. 1998. Consequences of hormone disruption of sexual development for crocodilian conservation. In Crocodiles. Proceedings of the 24th Working Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN-The World Conservation Union. IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Gland Switzerland. pp. 174-190.
  • David Crews. 1998. Biology and relationships: Adaptation in nature. Family Systems 4: 99-106.
  • David Crews. 1998. The evolutionary antecedents of love. Psychoneuroendocrinology 23: 751-764.
  • David Crews. 1998. On the organization of individual differences in sexual behavior. American Zoologist 38: 118-132.
  • David Crews. 1994. Animal sexuality. Scientific American 270: 108-114.

WGS 323 • Animal Sexuality

47270 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PHR 2.114
(also listed as PSY 341K )
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This course will emphasize the basics of sex determination and sexual differentiation, particularly as it relates to reproduction from the different levels of biological organization, from the molecular to the evolutionary. We will also discuss in some detail the ways hormones influence gene expression, the development of organ systems and the structure of cells, the interactions of endocrine secretions, the behavior of individuals, the structure of social hierarchies, and the evolution of mating systems. By the end of this course you should be able to discuss intelligently issues such as homosexuality in man and animals, environmental consequences of the release of agricultural and manufacturing chemicals into the environment on health, how hormones regulate reproduction and behavior, how stress affects reproduction and the immune system, how birth control pills work, etc.

WGS 323 • Animal Sexuality

47620 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WEL 2.256
(also listed as PSY 341K )
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This course will emphasize the basics of sex determination and sexual differentiation, particularly as it relates to reproduction from the different levels of biological organization, from the molecular to the evolutionary. We will also discuss in some detail the ways hormones influence gene expression, the development of organ systems and the structure of cells, the interactions of endocrine secretions, the behavior of individuals, the structure of social hierarchies, and the evolution of mating systems. By the end of this course you should be able to discuss intelligently issues such as homosexuality in man and animals, environmental consequences of the release of agricultural and manufacturing chemicals into the environment on health, how hormones regulate reproduction and behavior, how stress affects reproduction and the immune system, how birth control pills work, etc.

WGS 323 • Animal Sexuality

48375 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GRG 424
(also listed as PSY 341K, BIO 383K, BIO 359R )
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Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309.

WGS 323 • Animal Sexuality

47845 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WEL 2.256
(also listed as PSY 341K, BIO 383K, BIO 359R )
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Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309.

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