Dr. Nicholas Hobbs

Assistant Professor

Office: BHS 201F   |    Phone: (308) 865-1572   |    Email: hobbsjn@unk.edu

Dr. Nicholas Hobbs


Areas of Interest:

  • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • Sex Differences in the Brain and Behavior
  • Behavioral Ecology


Professional Affiliations:


  • Hobbs, N. J. 2012. Condition-dependent Effects on Proceptive Behaviors in Meadow Voles. Ph. D. Dissertation, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. 158 pp.


  • Hobbs, N. J., Swift-Gallant, A., Jordan, C. L. and Breedlove, S. M.  2017.  Neurochemicals drawing the line between love and hate.  Biological Psychiatry 81: 177-178.
  • Pfau, D. R., Hobbs, N. J., Breedlove, S. M. and Jordan, C. L.  2016.  Sex and laterality differences in medial amygdala neurons and astrocytes of adult mice.  Journal of Comparative Neurology 524: 2492-2502.
  • Ferkin, M. H. and Hobbs, N. J.  2014.  Female meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus, respond differently to the scent marks of multiple male conspecifics.  Animal Cognition 17: 715-722.
  • Hobbs, N. J., Finger, A. and Ferkin, M. H.  2012.  Effects of food availability on proceptivity: a test of the reproduction at all costs and metabolic fuels hypotheses.  Behavioural Processes 91: 192-197.
  • Hobbs, N. J. and Ferkin, M. H.  2012.  The response of male meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus, to same- and mixed-sex over-marks depends on the reproductive state of the top- and bottom-female scent donors.  Behaviour 149: 705-722.
  • Hobbs, N. J. and Ferkin, M. H.  2011.  Effect of protein content of the diet on scent marking and over-marking behavior in meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus.  Behaviour 148: 1027-1044.
  • Hobbs, N. J. and Ferkin, M. H.  2011.  Dietary protein content affects the response of meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus, to over-marks.  Acta Ethologica 14:57-64.
  • Ferkin, M. H., Hobbs, N. J., Ferkin, B. D., Ferkin, A. C. and Ferkin, D. A.  2011.  Male and female meadow voles Microtus pennsylvanicus respond differently to scent marks from the top-, middle-, and bottom-scent donors of an over-mark.  Current Zoology 57:441-448.
  • Vlautin, C. T., Hobbs, N. J. and Ferkin, M. H.  2010.  Male and female meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus, differ in their responses to heterospecific/conspecific over-marks.  Ethology 116:797-805.
  • Hobbs, N. J., Aven, A. M. and Ferkin, M. H.  2008.  Self-grooming response of meadow voles to the odor of opposite-sex conspecifics in relation to the dietary protein content of both sexes.  Ethology 114:1210-1217.