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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.

Stuart A. Altmann Behavioral ecology: foraging behavior and diet selection, mating systems, social structure, spatial deployment, behavioral adaptations, models of behavioral adaptations and social processes.

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.

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.