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David Bonter David Bonter

Lab of Ornithology
I'm an ecologist primarily studying questions related to the behavior, foraging, and survival of birds. My students work at various scales.

Morten Christiansen Morten Christiansen

Psychology / Cognitive Science
Our research focuses on the interaction of biological and environmental constraints in the evolution, acquisition and processing of language. We employ a variety of methodologies, including computational modeling, corpus analyses, artificial language learning, psycholinguistic experiments, and neuroimaging.

Christopher Clark Christopher Clark

Lab of Ornithology
Regional and large-scale population level distributions, abundances, and acoustic behaviors of birds, fish, frogs, and whales; evolution and function of acoustic signaling behavior in animals using advanced sound analysis techniques.

Thomas Cleland Thomas Cleland

Olfactory perception as a complex system; coordinating behavioral; physiological, pharmacological, and computational studies of sensory sampling; learning and memory; biological neural networks.

Paul D. Curtis Paul D. Curtis

Natural Resources
My research program deals with human-wildlife interactions. I study animal ecology, behavior, and population biology. I tend to work with wildlife species that are either locally overabundant, or experience conservation threats. Most of my research opportunities are off campus summer internships at remote field sites.

David Deitcher David Deitcher

Neurobiology and Behavior
My lab examines the genetic and molecular basis of epilepsy using Drosophila as a model system.  In addition, we also probe the trafficking of neuropeptides using genetics, RNAi, and imaging.

Timothy DeVoogd Timothy DeVoogd

Animal communication; neuroanatomical plasticity, quantitative neurobiology; neurobiology of avian caching; hormonal influences on brain structure; avian song system, neural basis for female song discrimination, interplay between the hippocampus and other brain areas in spatial memory, evolution of these behaviors

Andre Dhondt Andre Dhondt

Lab of Ornithology
Bird ecology and behavior; disease ecology; conservation; citizen science

Joseph Fetcho Joseph Fetcho

Neurobiology and Behavior
Our lab studies how movements are produced by the brain and spinal cord of vertebrates. We use zebrafish as a model system because they allow us to combine genetic and optical methods with more conventional physiological approaches to study the neural circuits.

Cole Gilbert

The current project focusses on laboratory behavior and physiology of a predatory bug that paralyses its insect prey by injecting neurotoxic saliva.

Michael Goldstein Michael Goldstein

We study the development and evolution of communication and social learning. The lab takes a comparative approach, investigating vocal communication and social development in human infants and songbirds. Our studies span neural, endocrine, behavioral, and social levels of organization.

Marlen Z. Gonzalez

We are collecting neuroimaging data using functional magnetic resonance imaging a long with large amounts of data about participants' developmental contexts and experiences at Cornell.

Rayko Halitschke Rayko Halitschke

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a Research Associate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology I am interested in the mechanisms of herbivore-induced responses in several different plant species including wild tomato and tobacco, milkweed, and goldenrod.

Laura C Harrington Laura Harrington

Research in the Harrington lab focuses on mosquito vector ecology, biology, and behavior. Our goal is to understand basic (and often overlooked) aspects of mosquito biology in order to identify new targets for controlling mosquitoes and reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases.

Ronald Hoy Ronald Hoy

Neurobiology and Behavior
Animal communication; behavior genetics of inbertebrates; regeneration and development in invertebrate nervous systems. Categorical perception of sound frequency by crickets.

Fenghua Hu Fenghua Hu

Molecular Biology and Genetics / Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

Heather J. Huson Heather J. Huson

Animal Science
My lab utilizes genomic tools to identify population structure and relatedness to production, adaption, and disease in animals.

Renata Ivanek Miojevic

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Ivanek Lab is a computer lab that uses cutting-edge modeling and epidemiologic methods to solve societal problems related to infectious and foodborne diseases, and food production to develop new and sustainable approaches for improving health of human and animal populations, and optimizing food production systems.

Walter Koenig Walter Koenig

Lab of Ornithology
Although retired, I'm still involved in a project investigating the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding acorn woodpecker at Hastings Reservation, a field station in central coastal California. As part of the project, we hire 1 - 2 field assistants during the breeding season (March - July) and winter.

Christiane Linster Christiane Linster

Neurobiology and Behavior
Neuromodulation, computation, olfaction, behavioral neuroscience.

Corinna Loeckenhoff Corinna Loeckenhoff

Human Development
Adult age differences in cognition, personality, emotions, and time horizons and their implications for decision making and mental/physical health across the lifespan. Active collaborations with Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Betty McGuire Betty McGuire

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
My students and I study the behavior of dogs at the Tompkins County SPCA, Cortland Community SPCA, and Chemung SPCA. Our current focus is scent-marking behavior during walks of individual dogs, and how this behavior varies with respect to sex, age, body size, and reproductive condition (intact versus spayed or neutered).

Alexander Ophir Alexander Ophir

Proximate & ultimate influences on social behavior: including individual variation in genes, brain and behavior; monogamy and social attachment; alternative reproductive tactics; parental care; early life social influence on development; social & spatial memory; mate choice; animal communication.

Ned Place Ned Place

Vet Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Female reproduction aging, endocrinology, life history trade-offs.

Robert Raguso Robert Raguso

Neurobiology and Behavior
Chemical ecology, pollination biology, signal evolution, mutualism, multimodal communication, mimicry theory, convergent evolution, learning, sensory ecology, olfactory physiology, plant volatile biosynthesis: plant behavior!

Linda Rayor Linda Rayor

Behavioral ecology of social spiders and social amblypygids. Social and foraging behavior of predatory arthropods; Tritrophic interactions.

Kern Reeve Kern Reeve

Neurobiology and Behavior
Theoretical sociobiology; evolution of cooperation and conflict in animal societies; behavioral ecology; plasticity in insect social behavior. Social contacts in wasp societies.

Rebecca Seguin Rebecca Seguin

Nutritional Sciences
My current research focuses on understanding how people's social, food, and physical activity environments influence behavior over time -- particularly in rural communities. I am also working on community mobilization and capacity building initiatives with health educators who serve rural areas.

Kerry Shaw Kerry Shaw

Neurobiology and Behavior
Behavioral genetics, sexual selection and evolution; speciation; genetic architecture of behavior (QTLs), linkage analysis and genome evolution; orthopteroid insects.

Michael Sheehan Michael Sheehan

Neurobiology and Behavior
The lab is interested in the causes and consequences of variation in social behavior, with a particular focus on the role of recognition systems in mediating social interactions.