Caroline Hostetler

Postdoctoral Fellow

hostetlerMajor areas of research 

Neurobiology of reward and social attachment; Behavioral neuroendocrinology and evolution of mammalian social behavior; Addiction biology.     


B.S. Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004
M.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2010     


Research Society on Alcoholism
Society for Neuroscience
American Society of Primatologists     


Hostetler, C.M. & Ryabinin, A.E. 2014. Social partners prevent alcohol relapse behavior in prairie voles. Psychoneuroendocrinology 39:152-7.  

Anacker, A.M.J., Ahern, T.H., Hostetler, C.M., Dufour, B.D., Smith, M.L., Cocking, D.L., Li, J., Young, L.J., Loftis, J.M., & Ryabinin, A.E. 2014. Drinking alcohol has sex-dependent effects on pair bond formation in prairie voles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  doi: 10.1073/pnas.1320879111.   

Hostetler, C.M., & Ryabinin, A.E. 2013. The CRF System and Social Behavior: A Review. Frontiers in Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00092. (Special Issue on "CRF and urocortin peptides as modulators of energy balance and behavior during stress")   

Hostetler, C.M., Hitchcock, L.N., Anacker, A.M.J., Young, L.J. & Ryabinin, A.E. 2013. Comparative distribution of central neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the prairie (Microtus ochrogaster) and meadow (M. pennsylvanicus). Peptides 40:22-9.   

Miller, M., Bales, K.L., Taylor, S.L., Yoon, J., Minzenberg, M., Carter, C.S., Hostetler, C.M., & Solomon, M. 2013. Oxytocin and vasopressin in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: Sex differences and associations with symptoms. Autism Research 6(2):91-102.   

Hostetler, C.M., Anacker, A.M.J., Loftis, J.M., & Ryabinin A.E. 2012. Social housing and alcohol drinking in male-female pairs of prairie voles. Psychopharmacology 224(1):121-32. 

Hostetler C.M. & Ryabinin A.E. 2012. Love and addiction: the devil is in the differences: a commentary on "The behavioral, anatomical and pharmacological parallels between social attachment, love and addiction." Psychopharmacology 224(1):27-9.  

Hostetler, C.M. & Bales, K.L. 2012. DeltaFosB is increased in the nucleus accumbens by amphetamine but not social housing or isolation in the prairie vole. Neuroscience 210:266-74.   

Hostetler, C.M., Harkey, S.L., Krzywosinski, T.B., Aragona, B.J., & Bales, K.L. 2011. Neonatal exposure to the D1 agonist SKF38393 inhibits pair-bonding in the adult prairie vole. Behavioural Pharmacology 22(7):703-10.   

Hostetler, C.M., Kowalczyk, A.S., Griffin, L.L., & Bales, K.L. 2011. CART peptide following social novelty in the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). Brain Research 1414:32-40.   

Bales, K.L. & Hostetler, C.M. 2011. Hormones and reproductive cycles in rodents. In D.O. Norris & K.H. Lopez (Eds.), Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Volume 5 (pp. 215-240). London, UK: Academic Press.   

Hostetler, C.M., Harkey, S.H., & Bales, K.L. 2010. D2 antagonist during development decreases anxiety and infanticidal behavior in adult female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Behavioural Brain Research 210(1):127-30.   

Trainor, B.C., Takahashi, E.Y., Silva, A.L., Crean, K.K., & Hostetler, C. 2010. Sex differences in hormonal responses to social conflict in the monogamous California mouse. Hormones and Behavior 58(3):506-512.   

Campbell, J.C., Laugero, K., Van Westerhuyzen, J.A., Hostetler, C.M., Cohen, J.D., & Bales, K.L. 2009. Energetic Costs of Pair Bonding and Paternal Care in Male Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Physiology & Behavior 98(3):367-73.   

Samuel, P.J., Hostetler, C.M., & Bales, K.L. 2008. Effects of Urocortin II on parenting behavior, anxiety, and neuroendocrine parameters in the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). Behavioural Brain Research 186(2):284-8.   

Bales, K.L., French, J.A., Hostetler, C.M., & Dietz, J.M. 2005. Social and reproductive factors affecting cortisol levels in wild female golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia).American Journal of Primatology 67(1):25-35.

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