Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Herman Pontzer

Second Advisor

Nesha Burghardt

Academic Program Adviser

Johnathon Shannon


During periods of energy stress, animals will prioritize and allocate energy from non-essential to essential tasks. Using a mouse model and published human data, we found that during periods of energy stress, energy is allocated away from immune function, and is prioritized for physical activity usage.



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