Megan Exnicios
Ph.D. Student

Megan Exnicios

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Texas A&M University 

3258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843 

Megan Exnicios

I graduated with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Marine Biology from Tulane University. While completing my undergraduate studies, I worked with Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki studying the relationship between temperature and the pathogenic chytrid fungus, Batrachochytridium dendrobatidis, and their effect on amphibian health. I also participated in a longitudinal study looking at aggression and pair bonding in a population of captive American flamingos. This project sparked my interest in animal behavior.

I joined the Rosenthal lab in the fall of 2016. I am broadly interested in animal behavior and the role behavior plays in mate choice. Finding a mate involves making decisions that can affect the fitness of the mating individual and the resulting offspring, and many factors come into play. I aim to look at the role that individual personality plays in making these decisions and the consequences. Do bold individuals tend to choose mates that are also bold, or do they prefer timid mates? I will be using two species of live-bearing freshwater fish – Xiphophorus malinche and X. birchmanni – and their hybrids to explore the effects of personality in mating preference.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy trying new foods and restaurants, being outside, and indulging in my latest crafting obsessions from quilting to jewelry making.