Faculty Profile

Janet Bester-Meredith

Janet Bester-Meredith

Associate Professor of Biology

Email: bestej@spu.edu
Phone: 206-378-5128
Office: Eaton 309


Education: BA, Pomona College, 1995; MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001. At SPU since 2003.

Janet Bester-Meredith joined the faculty at Seattle Pacific University in 2003. Since arriving at SPU, Dr. Bester-Meredith has taught “Human Anatomy and Physiology,” “Animal Behavior,” “Women in Science,” “Ecology,” “General Biology,” “Biology for Non-Majors,” and courses for pre-professional health students. She also is involved in advising pre-health students.

Dr. Bester-Meredith’s research focuses on the neuroendocrinology of social behavior in Peromyscus mice. She is especially interested in the neuropeptide arginine vasopressin and its involvement in regulating aggression and parental care. She studies how social experience modifies the behavior of male and female mice and how olfactory and other sensory input shapes the development of the brain and behavior.

Dr. Bester-Meredith lives in Seattle with her husband and three children. She is an active member of St. Bridget Parish. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, skiing, and playing word games.


Selected Publications

  • Bester-Meredith, J.K.; and C.A. Marler (2012). “Naturally occurring variation in vasopressin immunoreactivity is associated with maternal behavior in female Peromyscus mice.” Brain, Behavior, and Evolution 80: 244–53.
  • Marler, C.A.; Trainor, B.C., Gleason, E., Bester-Meredith, J.K., & E. Becker (2008). “The effects of paternal behavior on offspring aggression and hormones in the biparental California mouse.” IN: Neurobiology of the Parental Brain (ed. R. Bridges). Academic press.
  • Bester-Meredith, J.K.; and C.A. Marler (2007). “Social experience during development and female offspring aggression in Peromyscus mice.” Ethology 113: 889–900.
  • Bester-Meredith, J.K., Martin, P.A.; and C.A. Marler (2005). “Manipulations of vasopressin alter aggression differently across testing conditions in monogamous and non-monogamous Peromyscus mice.” Aggressive Behavior 31: 189–99.
  • Bester-Meredith, J. K.; and C.A. Marler (2003). “Vasopressin and the transmission of paternal behavior across generations in mated cross-fostered Peromyscus mice.” Behavioral Neuroscience 117: 455–63.

Please see Dr. Bester-Meredith's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Biology | Why I Teach

Why I Teach at SPU

Janet Bester-Meredith, Associate Professor of Biology

“I love teaching at SPU because of the personal connections I can make with the students. Our students are enthusiastic about biology and our class sizes are small. That’s an unbeatable combination. I also enjoy having the opportunity to work side-by-side with my students on research projects.”

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