Elana Varner

Email: evarner@sfu.ca
Tel: 778-782-5939
Office: B7238


  • B.Sc. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Project Description

My research will identify new volatile and steroid sex pheromones of murine rodents as well as examine the interaction between these two classes of pheromones, uncovering additive attraction effects as well as species specificity imparted by pheromone blends. This proposed research has the potential to produce a species-specific pheromone lure for two major rodent pest species to help obfuscate the need for anticoagulant rodenticides, which are currently widely used and secondarily poisoning local fauna. A breakthrough in this sector of animal chemical ecology would better industrial and agricultural pest management practices and thus, improve our direct impact on surrounding ecosystems.


E. Peterson, J. Worlein, G. Lee, A. Dettmer, E. Varner, M. Novak, "Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) with self-injurious behavior show less behavioral anxiety during the Human Intruder Test," American Journal of Primatology, (2016)

Conference Presentations

Varner, E. K. (February 2017) “Search for the volatile sex pheromone components of house mouse females; Tracking odor profile evolution from juveniles to adults” Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia symposium. Won 1st place in student presentation competition.

Varner, E. K. (August 2011) “Acute dependence in squirrel monkeys following zolpidem administration: Role of alpha 1 GABAA receptors” New England Primate Research Center Poster Day, Harvard Medical School, Southborough, MA, August 2011


Thelma Finlayson Entrance Scholarship: $6,000

Travel and Minor Research Award: $500