David Kabelik

David Kabelik

Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Neuroscience


Physiology, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior

Dr. Kabelik′s research examines the neural circuits that regulate social and conversely aggressive behaviors, and how steroid hormones modulate these circuits and behaviors. He conducts this work in Brown and Green Anole (Anolis) model systems. Dr. Kabelik is excited about integrating students into this research, and about his Physiology and Neuroscience courses.

Professor Kabelik′s lab 


Hartline JT, Smith AN, Kabelik D (2017) Serotonergic activation during courtship and aggression in the brown anole, Anolis sagrei. PeerJ. 5:e3331

Smith AN, Kabelik D (2017) The effects of dopamine receptor 1 and 2 agonists and antagonists on sexual and aggressive behaviors in male green anoles. PLOS ONE. e0172041.

Kabelik D, Crews D. (2017) In: Pfaff, D.W and Joëls, M. (editors-in-chief), Hormones, Brain, and Behavior (3rd ed). Oxford: Academic Press. Vol 2. 171-213

Kabelik D., Magruder D.S. (2014) Involvement of different mesotocin (oxytocin homologue) populations in sexual and aggressive behaviours of the brown anole. Biology Letters. 10(8) 20140566.

Kabelik D., Alix V.C., Singh L.J., Johnson A.L., Choudhury S.C., Elbaum C.C., Scott M.R. (2014). Neural activity in catecholaminergic populations following sexual and aggressive interactions in the brown anole, Anolis sagrei. Brain Research. 1553: 41-58.

Weiss S.L., Mulligan E.E., Wilson D., Kabelik D. (2013) Effect of stress on female-specific ornamentation. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 2641-2647.

Kabelik D., Alix V.C., Burford E.R., Singh L.J. (2013) Aggression- and sex-induced neural activity across vasotocin populations in the brown anole. Hormones and Behavior 63: 437-446.

Kabelik D., Schrock S.E., Ayres L.C., Goodson J.L. (2011) Estrogenic regulation of dopaminergic neurons in the opportunistically breeding zebra finch. General and Comparative Endocrinology 173: 96-104.

Kelly A.M., Kingsbury M.A., Hoffbuhr K., Schrock S.E., Waxman B., Kabelik D., Thompson R.R., Goodson J.L. (2011) Extended amygdala nonapeptide neurons and septal V1a-like receptors potently modulate songbird flocking and responses to novelty. Hormones and Behavior 60: 12-21.

Kabelik D., Morrison J.A., Goodson J.L. (2010) Cryptic Regulation of Vasotocin Activity but Not Anatomy by Sex Steroids and Social Stimuli in Opportunistic Desert Finches. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution 75: 71-84.

Kabelik D., Kelly A.M., Goodson, J.L. (2010) Dopaminergic regulation of mate competition aggression and aromatase-fos colocalization in vasotocin neurons. Neuropharmacology 58: 117-125.

Goodson J.L., Schrock S.E., Klatt J.D., Kabelik D., Kingsbury M.A. (2009) Mesotocin and nonapeptide receptors promote estrildid flocking behavior. Science 325(5942): 862-6.

Goodson J.L., Kabelik D. (2009) Dynamic limbic networks and social diversity in vertebrates: From neural context to neuropeptides. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 30: 429-441.

Goodson J.L., Kabelik D., Schrock S.E. (2009) Dynamic neuromodulation of aggression by vasotocin: Influence of social context and social phenotype in territorial songbirds. Biology Letters 5(4): 554-6.

Kabelik D., Klatt J.D., Kingsbury M.A., Goodson, J.L. (2009) Endogenous vasotocin exerts context-dependent behavioral effects in a semi-naturalistic colony environment. Hormones and Behavior 56: 101-107.

Goodson J.L., Kabelik D., Kelly A.M., Rinaldi, J., Klatt, J.D. (2009) Midbrain dopamine neurons reflect affiliation phenotypes and are tightly coupled to courtship in Estrildid finches. PNAS 106(21): 8737-8742.

Kabelik D., Weiss S.L., Moore M.C. (2008) Arginine vasotocin (AVT) immunoreactivity relates to testosterone but not territorial aggression in the tree lizard, Urosaurus ornatus. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution 72: 283-294.

Kabelik D., Crombie T., and Moore M.C. (2008) Aggression frequency and intensity, independent of testosterone levels, relate to neural activation within the dorsolateral subdivision of the ventromedial hypothalamus in the tree lizard, Urosaurus ornatus. Hormones and Behavior 54: 18-27.

Kabelik D., Weiss S.L., and Moore M.C. (2008) Steroid hormones alter neuroanatomy and aggression independently in the tree lizard. Physiology and Behavior 93: 492-501.

Kabelik D., Weiss S.L., and Moore M.C. (2006) Steroid hormone mediation of limbic brain plasticity and aggression in free-living tree lizards, Urosaurus ornatus. Hormones and Behavior 49: 587-597.


H.B.Sc., 1999, University of Toronto (Behavior)
Ph.D., 2006, Arizona State University (Physiology, Neuroscience)
Postdoctoral Training: University of California at San Diego, Indiana University