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Behavior and Physiology in EEB

Through behavioral and physiological responses, organisms respond to immediate, often emergency situations as well as perform essential life functions of maintenance and reproduction.  Consequently, ecology, conservation, evolution, and genetics often interface with studies that are more explicitly focused on behavior and physiology.  EEB faculty and students address behavioral and physiological questions from diverse perspectives and levels from social organization, sexual selection, and behavioral ecology through cognition, behavioral ontogeny, behavioral endocrinology, circadian rhythms, and the physiology of life-history variability. Integrating functional and mechanistic approaches to the study of behavior is encouraged.

Jeanne Altmann Life history approaches to behavioral ecology; nonexperimental research design; behavioral aspects of conservation; relationships among behavior, physiology, social structure and genetic structure in primates and small mammals.

James L. Gould Animal behavior; communication, navigation, behavioral ecology, sexual selection, and learning.

Henry S. Horn Social behavior, spatial distribution, and dispersal of birds and butterflies as adaptations to their ecology.

Carolyn McBride Genetic and neural basis of adaptive behavioral evolution, host-seeking behavior in mosquitoes, chemosensory behavior.

Christina Riehl Behavioral ecology, focusing on the evolution of cooperative animal societies; cooperative and parasitic breeding strategies in vertebrates; avian life-history and behavior; collective decision-making; kin recognition; communication; and cognition.

Daniel I. Rubenstein Behavioral ecology: effect of environmental variation and individual differences on social structure and behavioral relationships within a population; fieldwork with horses, zebras, fish, spiders, and insects; conservation biology.

Mary (Cassie) Stoddard Sensory ecology, evolution and behavior of birds; animal coloration, color vision and communication; eggshell structure and function; hummingbirds; pollination; mimicry and camouflage; brood parasite-host dynamics; computer vision; hyperspectral imaging and spectrophotometry