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James J. Nagler

James J. Nagler

Professor & Chair


Life Sciences South 252


(208) 885-6280

Mailing Address

Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter MS 3051
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3051

Research: Cellular & Molecular Biology, Reproductive Biology

  • Ph.D. (1991) Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Nagler laboratory studies the effect of environmental factors, such as contaminants, photoperiod and diet on the reproductive biology of salmonid fishes.

My research training began with a BS degree, in Fish and Wildlife Biology, from the University of Guelph in 1983. This was followed with a MS degree from Concordia University in 1985, in which I investigated the sub-lethal reproductive toxicity of pentachlorophenol in female rainbow trout. I went on to study the physiology of ovarian development in a marine fish, the winter flounder, for my Ph.D. at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1991. Subsequently, I worked as a research scientist on a variety of projects involving fish reproductive biology, in England and Canada, before joining the faculty at the University of Idaho.

  • Sundling K, Craciun G, Schultz I, Hook S, Nagler J, Cavileer T, Verducci J, Liu Y, Kim J,  Hayton W (2014) Modeling the endocrine control of vitellogenin production in female rainbow trout. Math. Biosci. Engineer. 11(3):621-639.
  • Caldwell LK, Pierce AL, Nagler JJ (2013) Plasma nesfatin-1 is not affected by long-term food restriction and does not predict rematuration among iteroparous female rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). PLOS One 10.1371/journal.pone.0085700
  • Nagler JJ, Cavileer T, Verducci J, Schultz I, Hook S, Hayton W, (2012) Estrogen receptor mRNA expression patterns in the liver and ovary of female rainbow trout over a complete reproductive cycle. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 178: 556-561.
  • Nagler JJ, Cavileer T, Hunter S, Drew R, OkutsuT, Sakamoto T, Yoshizaki G (2011) Non-sex specific genes associated with the secondary mitotic period of primordial germ cell proliferation in the gonads of embryonic rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Mol. Reprod. Develop. 78:181-187.
  • Nagler JJ, Davis TL, Modi N, Vijayan MM, Schultz I (2010) Intracellular, not membrane, estrogen receptors control vitellogenin synthesis in the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 167: 326-330.


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: (208) 885-6280

Fax: (208) 885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences