Rachel Harris

Postdoctoral Associate

External address: 
128 Bio Sci Bldg, Duke University, Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 277089976
+1 919 660 7364


I am broadly interested in the links between animal communication, selection, reproduction, behaviour and conservation in vertebrates.

Current research

  • Effects of transient condition on scent signals in ring-tailed lemurs.
  • Ontogeny of scent signals and odour-microbiome covariance in meerkats

Previous research

  • Olfaction, behaviour and reproduction in short-beaked echidnas.

Harris, R, Cameron, EZ, Davies, NW, and Nicol, SC. "Chemical Cues, Hibernation and Reproduction in Female Short-Beaked Echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus): Implications for Sexual Conflict." Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13. Ed. BA Schulte, TE Goodwin, and MH Ferkin. Springer, December 9, 2015. 145-166. (Chapter)

Carver, S, Beatty, JA, Troyer, RM, Harris, RL, Stutzman-Rodriguez, K, Barrs, VR, Chan, CC, Tasker, S, Lappin, MR, and VandeWoude, S. "Closing the gap on causal processes of infection risk from cross-sectional data: structural equation models to understand infection and co-infection." Parasites & Vectors 8.1 (December 2015). Full Text

Carver, S, Mills, JN, Parmenter, CA, Parmenter, RR, Richardson, KS, Harris, RL, Douglass, RJ, Kuenzi, AJ, and Luis, AD. "Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Environmentally Forced Zoonotic Disease Emergence: Sin Nombre Hantavirus." BioScience 65.7 (July 1, 2015): 651-666. Full Text

Harris, RL, Holland, BR, Cameron, EZ, Davies, NW, and Nicol, SC. "Chemical signals in the echidna: differences between seasons, sexes, individuals and gland types." Journal of Zoology 293.3 (July 2014): 171-180. Full Text

Harris, RL, Davies, NW, and Nicol, SC. "Identification of desmostanol as a novel vertebrate sterol in short-beaked echidna secretions." Australian Mammalogy 35.2 (2013): 255-255. Full Text

Harris, RL, Davies, NW, and Nicol, SC. "Chemical Composition of Odorous Secretions in the Tasmanian Short-Beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus)." Chemical Senses 37.9 (November 1, 2012): 819-836. Full Text