Symposium in Honor of Prof. Carl Gerhardt
Aug. 5, 2016
In celebration of the career of H. Carl Gerhardt, the Animal Behavior Society hosted a 1-day symposium on new frontiers in animal communication.
The event was held as part of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, which took place on the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri from July 30 to August 3, 2016.
The symposium featured several of Gerhardt’s former Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, and collaborators and many more were in attendance. The talks focused on signal-receiver evolution, a main topic of Gerhardt’s research. From the talks, which encompassed a broad representation of animal communication modes, it clearly emerged that Gerhardt has had a huge impact on the research of many scientists as well as the field in general.
Margaret Ptacek, professor of biological sciences at Clemson University and an MU alumnus, highlighted Gerhardt’s career and contributions in her opening remarks. The following video is her talk.
Gerhardt is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and recipient of the Society’s 2005 Quest Award.
Gerhardt joined the faculty of the College of Arts and Science in the Division of Biological Science in 1971 and retired in 2015. He holds a Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus title.
Written by: Melody Kroll
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