Christopher Chabot

Christopher ChabotChristopher Chabot
Professor of Biology
Graduate Program Advisor for Biology

Phone: (603) 535-2864



Chris Chabot is a professor of neurobiology, physiology and behavior. His overall interest is in the genetic, molecular and physiological basis of animal behavior and he investigates these issues in the field and in the lab. He collaborates regularly with both undergraduate and graduate students and has published journal articles with both. His current work on the control of circadian and circatidal rhythms in horseshoe crabs is funded by both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (through the NH INBRE program). He welcomes both undergraduate and graduate applicants to his lab.

Degrees and Education
  • Post Doctoral Scholar, Miami University
  • PhD, Biology, University of Virginia
  • BA, Biology, Colby College

Recent Publications
  • 2012, K. R. Grabek, Chabot, C.C. Periodicity of the PERIOD gene in the American lobster, Homarus americanus. Mar. Fresh. Behav. Physiol.. 45: 269-279.
  • 2012, Chabot, C.C., D.M. Connolly*, and B.B. Waring*. The effects of restricted feeding and lighting conditions on locomotor activity of common spiny mice, Acomys cahirinus. J Circ Rhythms. 10:6.
  • 2011, C.C. Chabot, J.F. Yelle, C.B. O’Donnell, and W.H. Watson III. The effects of water pressure, temperature and current cycles on circatidal rhythms expressed by the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Mar. Fresh Behav. Physiol. 44: 43-60.
  • 2010, C.C. Chabot and W.H. Watson. Circatidal rhythms of locomotion in the American horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus: Underlying mechanisms and cues that influence them. Current Zoology 56: 499-517.
  • 2008 Chabot, C.C. and L.K. Webb. Daily and circadian rhythms of heart rate and locomotion in the American Lobster, Homarus americanus. Mar. Fresh. Behav. Physiol. 41: 29-41.

Selected Grant Support
  • 2010-current, $643,900 Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Circatidal and Circadian Rhythms, Principal Investigator, NH- INBRE from NCRR and NIGMS, NIH.
  • 2009-current, $318,000 Horseshoe crab biological rhythms, from molecules to movements. Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Integrative Organismal Systems (Co-PI – Winsor Watson III, UNH, Durham, NH).
  • 2012, NH SeaGrant, $6000, The effects of biomedical bleeding practices on daily activity of the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus.
  • 2005-2008, $308,000 Rhythmic behavioral and physiological processes in Limulus polyphemus, National Sciences Foundation, Principal Investigator, (Co-PI – Winsor Watson III, UNH, Durham, NH)
  • 2007, $5,000, Population Dynamics of Male and Female American horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) during breeding and non-breeding seasons in Great Bay and Little Bay. NH Sea Grant.

Awards and Distinctions
  • Plymouth State University Award for Distinguished Scholarship, 2012
  • Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, Plymouth State University, 2007

Courses Taught
  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Physiology
  • First year Seminar
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Human Biology I and II
  • Neurobiology

Associations, Boards, and Committees
  • Current Zoology, Editorial Board Member, 2009-current
  • Journal of Circadian Rhythms, Editorial Board Member, 2003-current

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