Josephine Todrank

Research Interests

  • Olfactory neuroanatomical development
  • Neurophysiological basis of preferential choice behavior: foods and mates
  • The interaction between olfaction and gustation in flavor perception
  • Odor-based genetic relatedness assessment and kin recognition mechanisms

Selected Publications

Todrank, J. and Heth, G. (2003). Odor-genes covariance and genetic relatedness assessments: Rethinking odor-based "recognition" mechanisms in rodents. Advances in the Study of Behavior 32: 77-130.

Heth, G., Todrank, J., Busquet, N. and Baudoin, C. (2003). Genetic relatedness assessment through individual odour similarities (G-ratios) in mice. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 78(4): 595-603.

Heth, G., Todrank, J., Begall, S., Wegner, R., and Burda, H. (2004). Genetic relatedness discrimination in a eusocial mole-rat, Cryptomys anselli (Bathyergidae, Rodentia). Folia Zoologica 53(3): 269-278.

Todrank, J., Busquet, N., Baudoin, C., and Heth, G. (2005). Preferences of newborn mice for odours indicating closer genetic relatedness: Is experience necessary? Proceedings of the Royal Society London, B 272: 2083-2088.

Todrank, J. and Heth, G. (2006). Crossed assumptions foster misinterpretations about recognition mechanisms. Animal Behaviour 72:e1-e3 doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.04.004.

Tzur, S., Todrank, J., Juergens, A., Nevo, E., and Heth, G. (2009). Odour-genes covariance within a natural population of subterranean Spalax galili blind mole rats. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96:483-490.

Todrank, J., Heth, G., and Restrepo, D. (2011). Effects of in utero odorant exposure on neuroanatomical development of the olfactory bulb and odour preferences. Proceedings of the Royal Society London, B 278:1949-1955.