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Joe Lipar, PhD

Joe Lipar, PhD

Professor - Department of Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences
Phone: (231) 591-3860
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Indiana University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • BS, Michigan State University, Biochemistry
  • BS, Michigan State University, Zoology


I am an ornithologist with a background in physiological ecology and behavioral ecology. For example, for my dissertation, entitled "Maternal Investment via Yolk Hormones: Do Female Birds Influence Nestling Competition through Differential Allocation of Steroid Hormones?", I investigated the effects of steroids hormones that occur naturally in the eggs of birds on the development and behavior of hatchlings. Classes that I teach or have taught at Ferris State University include Anatomy and Physiology, Endocrinology, General Biology, and Current Topics in Biology. I enjoy academic advising, and I currently serve as an advisor to some of our Pre-Med students.


  • Oral Presentation
    Lipar, J., Animal Behavior Society Midwest Regional Conference, "Steroid Hormones in the Yolk of Red-Winged Blackbird Eggs: : Implications for Nestling Development and Survival," Bloomington, Indiana, (November 1996).
  • Presentation
    Lipar, J., VIth International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology, "Steroid Hormones in the Yolks of Red-Winged Blackbird Eggs," Lake Louise, Alberta Canada, (April 1996).