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 


Kabelik D, Julien AR, Ramirez D, O’Connell LA. (2021) Social boldness correlates with brain gene expression in male green anoles. Hormones and Behavior. 133: 10500

Kabelik D, Hofmann HA (2018) Comparative neuroendocrinology: A call for more study of reptiles! Hormones and Behavior. 106: 189-192.

Kabelik D, Weitekamp CA, Choudhury SC, Hartline JT, Smith AN, Hofmann HA (2018). Neural activity in the social decision-making network of the brown anole during reproductive and agonistic encounters. Hormones and Behavior. 106: 178-188.

Hartline JT, Smith AN, Kabelik D (2017) Serotonergic activation during courtship and aggression in the brown anole, Anolis sagreiPeerJ. 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., 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 sagreiBrain Research. 1553: 41-58.

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.


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