Texas Tech University

Breanna N. Harris, Affiliate

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Email: breanna.n.harris@ttu.edu

Dr. Harris graduated with her B.S. in Marine Biology from Ohio University in 2005, and earned her Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from the University of California, Riverside in December, 2012. After earning her Ph.D., she served as a visiting faculty member at Claremont McKenna College and an educator at University of California, Riverside. She joined TTU as a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Jim Carr in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Harris became faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.  She was trained as a behavioral endocrinologist and have a primary interest in stress physiology. Her current research program focuses on two central questions: 1) how does variation in response to and recovery from stressors translate into functional consequences in organismal behavior, health, and fitness trade-offs, and 2) how do organismal behavior, life history stage, and genotype alter the physiological stress response.  Using animal and human studies, she aims to understand how stress-related differences at various biological levels of analysis correspond to differences in health, behavior, reproduction, and fitness.

Dr. Harris routinely volunteers to judge science and research fairs at all levels (K-12 through graduate school) and participate in STEM outreach initiatives. She mentors undergraduate students in the lab and students are heavily involved in project design, data collection, analysis, and writing. At TTU, Dr. Harris teaches Human Reproduction and Sexual Behavior; Brain, Behavior, and Hormones; Peer Mentoring in Human Physiology; and Anatomy and Physiology II. In class, she uses case studies to teach critical thinking and knowledge application, and she currently has two case studies in-press at the NSF National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. In teaching and research she makes sure to emphasize critical thinking, professional development, ethical science, diversity, and the importance of evidence-based decision making.

Breanna N. Harris, Ph.D.