James R. Millam

James Millam

Position Title
Professor of Physiology

Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

2131C Meyer Hall

Profile Introduction

Reproductive neuroendocrinology and toxicology of birds

Research Interests

Photosexual stimulation and photorefractoriness; endocrine disruption; reproductive behavior of parrots

Reproductive neuroendocrinology and toxicology of birds

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Animal Biology, Avian Science

Specialties / Focus

  • Animal Management and Welfare
  • Physiology and Behavior


  • AVS 121 Avian Reproduction, Winter
  • AVS 123 Management of birds, Winter
  • NPB 117 Avian physiology, Spring


  • 3310/3312 Meyer Hall http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/laboratory/millam/
    • Jennifer Brennan (Avian Sciences)Jessica Rozek (Avian Sciences) Rochester, Johanna (MCIP) Valenzuela, Anthony (Animal Behavior)

Professional Societies

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • Poultry Science Association


  • 1981 PhD Animal Physiology University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • 1977 MS Animal Physiology University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • 1973 BS Psychobiology University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


Steinman MQ, Dinius SC, Siopes TD, Millam JR. 2008. Photostimulated expression of type 2 iodothyronine deiodinase mRNA is greatly attenuated in the rostral tuberal hypothalamus of photorefractory turkey hen. J Neuroendocrinol. 2008 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Rochester JR, Heiblum R, Rozenboim I, Millam JR. 2008. Post-hatch oral estrogen exposure reduces oviduct and egg mass and alters nest-buildling behavior in adult zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Physiol. Behav. 2008 Jul 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Rainwater TR, Wood MB, Millam JR, Hooper MJ. 2008. Effects of perchlorate on growth and behavior of a granivorous passerine, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 54:516-524.

Spoon TR, Millam JR, Owings DH. 2007. Behavioural compatibility, extrapair copulation and mate switching in a socially monogamous parrot. Anim. Behav. 73: 815-824.

Fox RA, Millam JR 2007. Novelty and individual differences influence neophobia in Orange-winged Amazon parrots (Amazona amazonica). Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 104: 107115.

A. Thayananuphat, S. W. Kang, T. Bakken, J. R. Millam, M. E. El Halawani (2007) Rhythmic Dependent Light Induction of Gonadotrophin-Releasing Hormone-I Expression and Activation of Dopaminergic Neurones within the Premammillary Nucleus of the Turkey Hypothalamus Journal of Neuroendocrinology 19 (6), 399–406.

Millam, J.R., C.B. Craig-Veit and T.D. Siopes. 2003. Photostimulated fos-like immunoreactivity in tuberal hypothalamus of photosensitive vs. photorefractory turkey hens. General and Comparative Endocrinology 134: 175-181.

Quaglino, A.E., C.B. Craig-Veit, M.R. Viant, A.L. Erichsen, D.M. Fry and J.R. Millam. 2002. Oral estrogen masculinizes female zebra finch song system. Hormones and Behavior 41: 236-241.