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Dr Kerry Fanson





Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


Office of the Exec Dean SEBE


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue Univeristy, 2009


2015-now     Lecturer – Deakin University
2012-2014   Post-doctoral research associate – Deakin University
2011              Lecturer – University of New South Wales
2010-2011   Practical coordinator and demonstrator – Macquarie University
2009-2013   Reproductive biologist – Taronga Western Plains Zoo
2008-2013   Research associate – Macquarie University

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Biography summary

My research interests lie at the interface of endocrinology, ecology, and animal behavior.  I study basic endocrine physiology, such as patterns of adrenal biosynthesis and sources of female androgens, as well as applied physiology, such as the role of stress physiology in conservation outcomes and factors affecting animal welfare.

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the interaction between physiology and behaviour, and understanding the ecological and evolutionary implications of this interaction. Much of my research focuses on stress and reproduction.

Units taught

SLE 204 - Animal Diversity

SLE 397 - Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour

Knowledge areas





Animal Behaviour




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Effects of the presence of zoo visitors on zoo-housed little penguins (Eudyptula minor)

S Chiew, K Butler, K Fanson, S Eyre, G Coleman, S Sherwen, V Melfi, P Hemsworth

(2022), Vol. 49, pp. 1-22, New Zealand Journal of Zoology, C1-1

journal article

Macronutrient composition and availability affects repeatability of fly activity through changes in among- and within-individual (residual) variation

B Fanson, K Fanson, P Biro

(2021), Vol. 35, pp. 387-399, Evolutionary Ecology, C1

journal article

The effect of behind-the-scenes encounters and interactive presentations on the welfare of captive servals (Leptailurus serval)

L Acaralp-Rehnberg, G Coleman, M Magrath, V Melfi, K Fanson, I Bland

(2020), Vol. 10, pp. 1-18, Animals, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Non-invasive monitoring of adrenocortical physiology in a threatened Australian marsupial, the western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii)

M Jensen, K Moseby, D Paton, K Fanson

(2020), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, Conservation Physiology, Oxford, ENg., C1

journal article

Meta-analytic insights into factors influencing the repeatability of hormone levels in agricultural, ecological, and medical fields

K Fanson, P Biro

(2019), Vol. 316, pp. R101-R109, American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, United States, C1

journal article

Effects of regulating visitor viewing proximity and the intensity of visitor behaviour on little penguin (Eudyptula minor) behaviour and welfare

Samantha Chiew, Kym Butler, Sally Sherwen, Grahame Coleman, Kerry Fanson, Paul Hemsworth

(2019), Vol. 9, pp. 1-19, Animals, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Behavioral, energetic, and color trait integration in male guppies: Testing the melanocortin hypothesis

F Santostefano, K Fanson, J Endler, P Biro

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 1539-1547, Behavioral Ecology, C1

journal article

One size does not fit all : monitoring faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in marsupials

K Fanson, E Best, A Bunce, B Fanson, L Hogan, T Keeley, E Narayan, R Palme, M Parrott, T Sharp, K Skogvold, L Tuthill, K Webster, M Bashaw

(2017), Vol. 244, pp. 146-156, General and comparative endocrinology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Inter-laboratory variation in corticosterone measurement: Implications for comparative ecological and evolutionary studies

K Fanson, Z Németh, M Ramenofsky, J Wingfield, K Buchanan

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 1745-1754, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, C1

journal article

Variation in the number of sperm trapped on the perivitelline layer of the egg in three species of estrildid finch

L Hurley, K Fanson, S Griffith

(2017), Vol. 134, pp. 832-841, Auk, Chicago, Ill., C1

journal article

Effects of invasion history on physiological responses to immune system activation in invasive Australian cane toads

D Selechnik, A West, G Brown, K Fanson, B Addison, L Rollins, R Shine

(2017), Vol. 5, pp. 1-19, PeerJ, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Effects of isolation on stress responses to novel stimuli in Subadult chickens (Gallus gallus)

K Weldon, K Fanson, C Smith

(2016), Vol. 122, pp. 818-827, Ethology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Stress-induced peak (but not resting) metabolism correlates with mating display intensity in male guppies.

P Biro, K Fanson, F Santostefano

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 6537-6545, Ecology and evolution, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Differential genotypic effects of sexual trait size on offspring mating success and viability

M Polak, K Fanson, P Taylor, S Yap

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 444-451, Behavioral ecology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Effects of visual contact with zoo visitors on black-capped capuchin welfare

S Sherwen, T Harvey, M Magrath, K Butler, K Fanson, P Hemsworth

(2015), Vol. 167, pp. 65-73, Applied animal behaviour science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Impacts of visitor number on Kangaroos housed in free-range exhibits

S Sherwen, P Hemsworth, K Butler, K Fanson, M Magrath

(2015), Vol. 34, pp. 287-295, Zoo biology, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal article

The value of eutherian-marsupial comparisons for understanding the function of glucocorticoids in female mammal reproduction.

K Fanson, M Parrott

(2015), Vol. 76, pp. 41-47, Hormones and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Validation of an assay to measure glucocorticoid metabolites in the droppings of little penguins (Eudyptula minor)

S Sherwen, K Fanson

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 134-136, Journal of zoo and aquarium research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Gender differences in conference presentations: a consequence of self-selection?

T Jones, K Fanson, R Lanfear, M Symonds, M Higgie

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 1-15, PeerJ, Corte Madera, Calif., C1

journal article

Sex, androgens, and whole-organism performance in an Australian lizard

D Noble, K Fanson, M Whiting

(2014), Vol. 111, pp. 834-849, Biological journal of the Linnean Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Cyclic changes in cortisol across the estrous cycle in parous and nulliparous Asian elephants

K Fanson, T Keeley, B Fanson

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 57-66, Endocrine Connections, Bristol, United Kingdom, C1

journal article

Response to long-distance relocation in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) : monitoring adrenocortical activity via serum, urine, and feces

K Fanson, M Lynch, L Vogelnest, G Miller, T Keeley

(2013), Vol. 59, pp. 655-664, European journal of wildlife research, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Sex differences in insect immune function : a consequence of diet choice?

B Fanson, K Fanson, P Taylor

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 937-947, Evolutionary ecology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effect of housing and husbandry practices on adrenocortical activity in captive Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis)

K Fanson, N Wielebnowski

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 159-165, Animal welfare, Hertfordshire, England, C1

journal article

Comparative patterns of adrenal activity in captive and wild Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis)

K Fanson, N Wielebnowski, T Shenk, J Lucas

(2012), Vol. 182, pp. 157-165, Journal of comparative physiology B : biochemical, systemic, and environmental physiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal article

Cost of reproduction in the Queensland fruit fly: Y-model versus lethal protein hypothesis

B Fanson, K Fanson, P Taylor

(2012), Vol. 279, pp. 4893-4900, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, London, UK, C1-1

journal article

Using path analysis to explore vigilance behavior in the rock hyrax (Procavia capensis)

K Fanson, B Fanson, J Brown

(2011), Vol. 92, pp. 78-85, Journal of mammalogy, Provo, UT, C1-1

journal article

Ecological factors affecting the foraging behaviour of Xerus rutilus

B Fanson, K Fanson, J Brown

(2010), Vol. 45, pp. 265-272, African zoology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, C1-1

journal article

Patterns of ovarian and luteal activity in captive and wild Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis)

K Fanson, N Wielebnowski, T Shenk, J Vashon, J Squires, J Lucas

(2010), Vol. 169, pp. 217-224, General and comparative endocrinology, Maryland Heights, Mo., C1-1

journal article

Patterns of testicular activity in captive and wild Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis)

K Fanson, N Wielebnowski, T Shenk, W Jakubas, J Squires, J Lucas

(2010), Vol. 169, pp. 210-216, General and comparative endocrinology, Maryland Heights, Mo., C1-1

journal article

Comparative metabolism of gestagens and estrogens in the four lynx species, the Eurasian (Lynx lynx), the Iberian (L. pardinus), the Canada lynx (L. canadensis) and the bobcat (L. rufus)

M Dehnhard, K Fanson, A Frank, S Naidenko, A Vargas, K Jewgenow

(2010), Vol. 167, pp. 287-296, General and comparative endocrinology, Maryland Heights, Mo., C1-1

journal article

Foraging behaviour of two rodent species inhabiting a kopje (rocky outcrop) in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya

B Fanson, K Fanson, J Brown

(2008), Vol. 43, pp. 184-191, African zoology, Stellenbosch, South Africa, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Human-animal relationships in zoos: Optimising animal and visitor experiences - Not DU Led - University of Melbourne

Prof Paul Hemsworth, Prof Grahame Coleman, Dr Roger Rassool, Dr Kerry Fanson, A/Prof Geoffrey Hosey, Mr Kym Butler, Dr Michael Magrath, Dr Victoria Melfi, Dr Kira Husher, Dr David Peake

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2018: $17,000


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