Studies in behavior in the Division of Biological Sciences span a number of disciplines, from evolution and ecology to neurobiology and genetics. Faculty research incorporates genetic, developmental, physiological, and ecological mechanisms that influence organismal behavior and how evolutionary processes influence these mechanisms. Studies involve a range of organisms, from plants and insects to birds and elephants, in laboratory studies and in natural habitats. The research encompasses a variety of processes, including responses to endocrine disrupting chemicals, adaptation to environmental pressures, memory formation, and sexual selection.
Faculty & Research Interests
Mechanisms regulating neuronal development and physiology in vertebrates
Insect communication, behavioral ecology and evolution
Ecological pressures that shape animal populations
Ecology and evolution in natural plant populations
Molecular and cellular control of nerve development and disease
Genomic approaches to the study of life history evolution
Our research is broadly classified into three categories: animal communication, behavioral drive, and axes of divergence.
Genetic control of phototropism in plants
Spinal cord injury and neural networks that control locomotor behavior
Environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals and developmental programming of adult disease
Evolution and neuroethology of acoustic communication systems in insects and amphibians
Electrophysiology and molecular biology of neural plasticity and stability
Mechanisms of learning and memory in fruit fly
Genetic dissection of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, and behavior in fruit flies