Graduate Studies

enlarged photo of student in labThe 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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enlarged photo of student sampling at nightFaculty research interests include:

aggressive, mating, and escape behaviors in insects
animal movement and dispersal
anatomy and electrophysiology of simple neural circuits
arachnology
arthoprod preadators
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
mammalogy
maternal behavior
mating systems
motivational states
neural mechanisms
neuroendocrinology
neuroendocrinology of lactation
population genetics
predator-prey interactions
reproduction
reproductive state
sensorimotor integration
small mammals
social behavior
social organization
social structure
survival