Margaret A. Voss

Associate Professor

Dr. Margaret Voss teaches courses in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University for doctoral work in comparative physiology (foraging behavior, energetics, and reproductive physiology). Her research focus is on vertebrate metabolism and incorporates the study of feeding behavior and energy balance. She works collaboratively as part of a large multi-university project to identify physiological mechanisms underlying latitudinal variation in vertebrate metabolic rates (parental and embryonic). She has published several papers that clarify how changes in photoperiod may accelerate embryonic metabolism and interact with clock gene control of ovulation. She has recently submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further examine how photoperiod, genetics, and diet interact to influence metabolic health. The project makes use of a free living avian system to model “shift work” under artificially extended photoperiods and to track associated changes in the circadian regulation of glucose and lipid homeostasis and steroid biosynthesis. An ad-hoc reviewer for several journals, including Behavioral Ecology, Proceedings of The Royal Society, Journal of Applied Ecology, Behavior, The Journal Ethology, and Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, she has served as book review editor and as an officer in her professional society, and has recently been honored as an elective member of the American Ornithological Union. Dr. Voss’s teaching expertise is in physiology-related courses for pre-health professions students, including classes in exercise physiology and medical terminology.


Ph.D. Biology, Syracuse University

M.S. Environmental & Forest Biology, SUNY ESF

B.S. Environmental & Forest Biology, SUNY ESF


Metabolic physiology, energy balance, and reproductive physiology