Evolution of Drosophila behavior

Species of the Drosophila melanogaster species group display a wide diversity of behavior. We have several ongoing projects to explore the genetic basis for the evolution of behavior in this group of species. We are studying problems such as courtship rituals, male-male aggresion, habitat choice and tastant preferences. All of these projects are in an early stage of development. Our long-term goals for the study behavior are similar to our goals for the study of development. What genes have evolved to generate new patterns of behavior? How have these gees evolved? How do these genetic changes alter function of the nervous system?

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD or post-doc to study the evolution of behavior in Drosophila, then please contact David Stern.