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Symposium in Honor of Prof. Carl Gerhardt

Aug. 5, 2016

Symposium speakers

Carl Gerhardt (center, in purple) with symposium speakers (L-R) Rex Cocroft, Kerry Shaw, Molly Cummings, Felix Breden, Eileen Hebets, Mark Bee, Andrew Bass, Georg Klump, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Margaret Ptacek, Jeff Podos

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.

Group photo

Carl with several former Ph.D. students and postdocs who attended the symposium in his honor.

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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