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Neurobiology and Behavior

Field Description

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a minimum one semester of teaching experience, a survey course in neurobiology behavior, and an annual meeting of the Special Committee. The field has no formal language requirement, but one can be imposed by the student's Special Committee. The field also requires each student to give a publicly announced seminar as part of the dissertation defense.




Contact Information

Website: http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/gradstudiesoverview.shtml
Email: tmn3@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 254-4340

W363 Seeley Mudd Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Behavioral Biology

  • behavioral ecology
  • chemical ecology
  • ethology
  • neuroethology
  • sociobiology

Neurobiology

  • cellular and molecular neurobiology
  • neuroanatomy
  • neurochemistry
  • neuropharmacology
  • neurophysiology
  • sensory physiology

Faculty

Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: ethology Research Interests: mechanisms of behavior; hormonal and neural mechanisms of avian social behavior
Concentrations: Neurobiology: neuroanatomy; neurophysiology; Behavioral Biology: neuroethology Research Interests: animal communication, especially production and encoding of vocal signals; evolution and sexual differentiation of brain and behavior
Ronald Booker - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuroanatomy Research Interests: control of neurodevelopment and postembryonic neurogenesis in the CNS of insects
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology Research Interests: understanding the signaling cues that direct cell proliferation, differentiation and development
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; ethology Research Interests: abundances and acoustic behaviors of birds, fish, elephants, and whales; evolution and function of acoustic signaling behavior in animals
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology; sensory physiology; Behavioral Biology: neuroethology Research Interests: olfactory perception as a complex system; coordinating behavioral; physiological, pharmacological, and computational studies of sensory sampling; learning and memory; biological neural networks
Ruth N Collins - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuropharmacology Research Interests: examination of how the chemical reactions of biology are organized in time and space, and how this organization is harnessed by cells to generate distinct outcomes
Robin Dando - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neurophysiology; sensory physiology Research Interests: utilizes techniques from physiology, molecular biology and behavioral science to study the neuroscience of the mammalian taste system
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology Research Interests: mechanisms of neurotransmitter and neuropeptide release; synaptic development
Concentrations: Neurobiology: neuroanatomy; Behavioral Biology: neuroethology Research Interests: neurobiology of avian song learning; neurobiology of avian caching; hormonal influences on brain structure; evolution of learning
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology Research Interests: behavioral ecology of birds and insects, with a focus on dispersal, mating behavior, and cooperative breeding; relationship between resource wealth, nepotism, and family group living
Joseph R. Fetcho - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology Research Interests: motor control with a focus on hindbrain and spinal cord; optical and genetic approaches for studying neuronal structure and function; regeneration
Cole Gilbert - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: neuroethology; Neurobiology: neurophysiology; sensory physiology Research Interests: invertebrate neuroethology; sensory guidance; neural evolution in arthropods
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuroanatomy; neurochemistry; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology; sensory physiology; Behavioral Biology: ethology; neuroethology Research Interests: how basal ganglia control motor learning and behavior
Chun Han - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuroanatomy Research Interests: Dendrite development and degeneration regulated by intrinsic mechanisms and by the neuronal environment
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neurochemistry; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology Research Interests: neuromodulation of neural networks in lobster and mouse spinal cord; molecular manipulation of ion channels in neurons
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: neuroethology; Neurobiology: neurophysiology; sensory physiology Research Interests: animal communication; behavior genetics of invertebrates; regeneration and development in invertebrate nervous systems
Walter D. Koenig - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology Research Interests: social behavior, particularly cooperative breeding; reproductive strategies of trees; spatial synchrony
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology Research Interests: cellular signaling; ion channels; genetic cell sensors; conditional gene targeting
David Ming Lin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology Research Interests: axon guidance and target formation during the development of the mouse olfactory system, using genetic, in vitro, and genomic approaches
Manfred Lindau - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neurophysiology Research Interests: biophysics; exocytosis; mechanisms of vesicle fusion and transmitter release
Concentrations: Neurobiology: neurophysiology Research Interests: neural coding and memory in the olfactory system; emphasis on neuromodulatory influences; combined approach using behavior, electrophysiology, and computational modeling
Ellis Roger Loew - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: neurophysiology; sensory physiology Research Interests: sensory physiology; sensory ecology; retinal physiology and biochemistry; clinical electrophysiology; visual sciences
Linda M Nowak - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology Research Interests: molecular and electrophysiological analysis of glutamate receptors, ion channels, and response mechanisms in synaptic transmission
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neurochemistry; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology Research Interests: molecular neurobiology and biophysics; neurotransmitter receptors and signal transduction
Ned J. Place - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: ethology Research Interests: mammalian reproductive biology with a focus on the life history trade-offs associated with hormones, behavior and aging
Robert A. Raguso - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; chemical ecology; ethology; Neurobiology: sensory physiology Research Interests: chemically-mediated plant/animal interactions; biosynthesis, physiology and evolution of fragrance; insect olfaction, behavior and pollination ecology
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; sociobiology Research Interests: theoretical sociobiology; evolution of cooperation and conflict in animals and plants; behavioral ecology; plasticity in insect social behavior
Concentrations: Neurobiology: neurophysiology Research Interests: advanced optical techniques used to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems with the goal of developing a microscopic-scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes; neurodegeneration caused by occlusion of microvessels in the brain
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; ethology; sociobiology Research Interests: sociobiology: physiology, ecology, and evolution of animal societies, especially the societies of insects
Kerry L. Shaw - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology Research Interests: species and speciation; behavioral genetics; sexual selection and evolution; genetic architecture of behavior (QTLs); linkage analysis and genome evolution; genetics of diverging lineages; the conceptual nature of species; molecular systematics; comparative methods; orthopteroid insects
Michael Sheehan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; chemical ecology; sociobiology; Neurobiology: sensory physiology Research Interests: Recognition systems; animal communication; evolution of social behavior; cooperation; comparative methods; genetic basis of signals and behaviors; population and comparative genomics; sensory systems; rodents; paper wasps
Paul Willard Sherman - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; sociobiology Research Interests: animal social behavior; Darwinian medicine
David M. Smith - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: neurophysiology Research Interests: neural systems involved in learning and memory functions; multi-site neuronal recordings and neurochemical inactivation in behaving rodents used to identify brain circuitry involved in these functions
R. Nathan Spreng - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: neuroanatomy; neurophysiology Research Interests: Using human neuroimaging methods, I examine large-scale brain network dynamics and their role in cognition
Maren N Vitousek - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; ethology; sociobiology Research Interests: behavioral ecology, evolutionary endocrinology, mechanisms of behavior, stress responses, phenotypic flexibility, sexual selection and sexual signaling
Charles Walcott - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: ethology; neuroethology; Neurobiology: sensory physiology Research Interests: animal orientation and navigation; animal acoustic communication
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuroanatomy; neurochemistry; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology; sensory physiology; Behavioral Biology: neuroethology Research Interests: Our lab studies the neural circuitry of reward and motivation, combining optical control of genetically and topologically defined circuit elements with monitoring and decoding of neural activity.
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology; sociobiology Research Interests: reproductive strategies and the evolutionary causes and consequences of variation in sexual signals, primarily using birds as a model system
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neurochemistry; neuropharmacology Research Interests: molecular neurobiology and neuropharmacology; receptor and ion channel mechanisms
Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology Research Interests: causes of spatial and temporal variation in the life-histories of birds
Nilay Yapici - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuroanatomy; neurochemistry; neurophysiology; sensory physiology Research Interests: neural circuits that regulate state dependent decision making, motivation and food intake using approaches ranging from high resolution quantitative measurements of behavior, functional imaging, neural tracking and genetics