Alexandria (Lexi) Brown

Lexi Brown

PhD Candidate

B.A., Mt Holyoke College, 2006

Advisor: Ethan D. Clotfelter
Dissertation/thesis title: How yellow is your belly? Honesty and carotenoids in a pigmented female fish

Research Interests

My research interests include the evolutionary underpinnings of disease (particularly mental illness); the molecular basis of sensory perception and learning; and antioxidant biochemistry and the role of oxidation in the evolution of life history traits.


Lin SM, Nieves-Puigdoller K, Brown AC, McGraw KJ and Clotfelter ED. 2010. Testing the carotenoid trade-off hypothesis in the polychromatic Midas cichlid, Amphilophus citrinellus. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 83: 333-342.

Brown AC, Stevenson LM, Leonard H, Nieves-Puigdoller K, and Clotfelter ED. In review. Reproductive endpoints in female fish exposed to phytoestrogens. Behaviour.
Montgomery TM, Brown AC, Gendelman HK, Ota M, Clotfelter ED. In press. Exposure to 17α-ethinyl estradiol decreases motility and ATP in sperm of male fighting fish Betta splendens. Environmental Toxicology.

Brown AC and Clotfelter ED. In press. Fighting fish (Betta splendens) males build nests that promote microbial growth. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A.

Brown AC, McGraw KJ, and Clotfelter ED. In review. Carotenoid-based coloration of female convict cichlids (Amantitlania nigrofasciata) indicates carotenoid content of ovaries. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.

Brown AC, McGraw KJ, and Clotfelter ED. In prep. Convict cichlids (Amantitlania nigrofasciata) regulate carotenoid concentration of their eggs. Journal of Fish Biology.