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.


Professor of Biological Sciences

Insect communication, behavioral ecology and evolution

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Molecular and cellular control of nerve development and disease

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Evolution of elaborate parental care behaviors and mating systems in frogs

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Genomic approaches to the study of life history evolution

Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of Graduate Studies

Our research is broadly classified into three categories: animal communication, behavioral drive, and axes of divergence.

Preparing Future Faculty for Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow

Patterns and consequences of animal sociality

Assistant Professor

Circuit stability, energetics, plasticity, and respiratory physiology

Professor of Biological Sciences

Evolution and neuroethology of acoustic communication systems in insects and amphibians

Director and Professor of Biological Sciences

Neural network plasticity as a result of injury and disease