Behavior, Behavioral Ecology and Genetics


Behavior, Behavioral Genetics and Ecology

Our internationally recognized faculty conducts research on a wide range of behavioral phenomena including alternative mating tactics, behavioral adaptations of herbivores to host plants, circadian rhythms, courtship behavior, foraging behavior, hunger, insect learning, mate choice, pollinator behavior, seed caching, seed dispersal, sexual selection, sleep, social behavior and spatial memory.

We integrate theory with empiricism, and employ a diversity of methods, ranging from manipulative field experiments to large-scale genetic screens, genome-wide analysis, and manipulation of neural function to determine the genes and neurons that underlie complex behaviors.