Graduate Studies

A student collects field samples at night.

The Department of Biology and the Department of Psychology have very active groups of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students investigating a variety of mechanistic, ecological, and evolutionary questions in animal behavior. Some of us conduct all of our research in the laboratory, some primarily work in the field, while others combine lab and field studies.

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Faculty Research Interests

aggressive, mating, and escape behaviors in insects
animal movement and dispersal
anatomy and electrophysiology of simple neural circuits
arthoprod predators
behavioral ecology
behavioral interactions
behavioral neurobiology
biodiversity of spiders
chemical neuromodulators
dominance rank
endogenous opiate effects
evolution of sociality
evolutionary ecology
genetic techniques to estimate parentage
habitat fragmentation effects on animal movement
herbicide/pesticide effects on behavior and reproduction
hormonal control mechanisms
inbreeding effects on behavior and reproduction

insect-plant interactions
landscape ecology
maternal behavior
mating systems
motivational states
neural mechanisms
neuroendocrinology of lactation
population genetics
predator-prey interactions
reproductive state
sensorimotor integration
small mammals
social behavior
social organization
social structure