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Animal behavior is the ultimate complex and integrated trait, shaped not only by gene, protein, neural, endocrine interactions but also by interactions among animals of the same and even different species. This Seminar takes an integrative approach to explore animal behavior by bringing together scientists that work in the lab and field to study neuroscience, behavioral ecology, behavioral endocrinology, functional genomics, population genetics, comparative physiology, and more.

Professor Dustin Rubenstein

Nataly Shahaf

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Meeting Schedule

09/23/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Mechanisms driving divergence in seasonal activation of songbird reproduction // Evolution of cell types and circuits in the vertebrate forebrain
Tim Grieves, North Dakota State University

Maria Tosches, Columbia University

11/18/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Themes and variations: neural circuit mechanisms of behavioral evolution // Sensory stimuli, motor actions, and movement in Drosophila
Vanessa Ruta , Rockefeller University

Katherine Nagel, New York University (NYU)

02/03/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Neuropeptide regulation of innate behavior in mosquitoes // Extracellular mechanisms of pain-related brain plasticity
Laura Duvall, Columbia University

Maral Tajerian, Queens College, CUNY

04/27/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Sites of circadian clock neuron plasticity mediate sensory integration and entrainment // TBD ~ Molecular plasticity and coloration in fishes
Maria de la Paz Fernandez, Barnard College, Columbia University

Sebastian Alvarado, Queens College, CUNY