I attended Virginia Tech for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. As an undergraduate student, I received degrees in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Psychology. As a graduate student, I primarily studied how high ambient temperature affected specific regions of the hypothalamus involved in appetite regulation in chickens, and how endogenous factors associated with appetite influenced food intake in Japanese Quail. Also as a graduate student, I taught multiple sections of Animal Anatomy and Physiology.

At Converse, I will be teaching Introductory Biology courses and Physiology, and I hope to later teach neuroscience courses. My research at Converse will continue to explore the effects of high ambient temperature on appetite regulation using the rat as a model. I am very excited to bring neuroscience research to Converse University in which students will be heavily involved, and hopefully as nerdy and excited about the brain as I am.

Outside of teaching and research, I am an avid gamer and hiker, and I am in the constant company of my cat, Lola (AKA Sauron), Fiancée, or both.


  • PhD in Animal and Poultry Science
  • BS in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • BS in Psychology


Year Published Faculty Citation Publication
2021 Bohler, M.W., Chowdhury, V.S., Cline, M.A., Gilbert, E.R. Heat Stress Responses in Birds: A Review of the Neural Components, Biology, 10
2020 Bohler, M., Gilbert, E.R. & Cline, M.A. Reduced food intake during exposure to high ambient temperatures is associated with molecular changes in the nucleus of the hippocampal commissure and the paraventricular and arcuate hypothalamic nuclei, General and Comparative Endocrinology, 298
2020 Bohler, M., Gilbert, E.R. & Cline, M.A. The anorexigenic effect of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide in Japanese quail is associated with molecular changes in the arcuate and dorsomedial hypothalamic nuclei, Domestic Animal Endocrinology, 74