Dr. Nicholas Hobbs

Associate Professor

Office: BHS 220   |    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.


  • Rajput, S., Vininski, M.S., Lehmann, L., Hobbs, N.J., and Dolence, J.J.  2023.  Androgen receptor signaling protects male mice from the development of immune response to peanut.  American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology 12:60-71.
  • Vininski, M.S., Rajput, S., Hobbs, N.J., and Dolence, J.J.  2022.  Understanding sex differences in the allergic immune response to food.  AIMS Allergy and Immunology  6:90-105.  doi: 10.3934/Allergy.2022009
  • Worley, N. B., Dumais, K. M., Yuan, J. C., Newman, L. E., Alonso, A. G., Gillespie, T. C., Hobbs, N. J., Breedlove, S. M., Jordan, C. L., Bredewold, R. and Veenema, A. H.  2019.  Estrogen and androgen receptor activation contribute to the masculinization of oxytocin receptors in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis of rates.  Journal of Neuroendocrinology.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jne.12760.
  • Carlson, D., Chandra, S., Hobbs, N., and Steele, J.  2019.  Clay modeling in a sophomore-level anatomy laboratory:  Will active learning improve student performance?  Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) Educator, 23:5-11. 
  • 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.