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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://nbb.cornell.edu/
Email: slf42@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-254-4389

W361 Seeley Mudd Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Behavioral Biology

  • behavioral ecology
  • chemical ecology
  • ethology
  • neuroethology
  • sociobiology
  • cellular and molecular neurobiology
  • neuroanatomy
  • neurochemistry
  • neuropharmacology
  • neurophysiology
  • sensory physiology

Faculty

Elizabeth Adkins-Regan

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: ethology
  • Research Interests: mechanisms of behavior; hormonal and neural mechanisms of avian social behavior

Andrew Howard Bass

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Richard A Cerione

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology
  • Research Interests: understanding the signaling cues that direct cell proliferation, differentiation and development

Christopher W Clark

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • 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

Thomas A. Cleland

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

David Lawrence Deitcher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology
  • Research Interests: mechanisms of neurotransmitter and neuropeptide release; synaptic development

Timothy John Devoogd

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Janis L. Dickinson

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: neuroethology; Neurobiology: neurophysiology; sensory physiology
  • Research Interests: invertebrate neuroethology; sensory guidance; neural evolution in arthropods

Jesse H. Goldberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neuroanatomy
  • Research Interests: Dendrite development and degeneration regulated by intrinsic mechanisms and by the neuronal environment

Ronald Morgan Harris-Warrick

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Ronald Raymond Hoy

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology
  • Research Interests: social behavior, particularly cooperative breeding; reproductive strategies of trees; spatial synchrony

Michael I Kotlikoff

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology
  • Research Interests: cellular signaling; ion channels; genetic cell sensors; conditional gene targeting

David Ming Lin

  • Campus: 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

Christiane Linster

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Neurobiology: neurophysiology; sensory physiology
  • Research Interests: sensory physiology; sensory ecology; retinal physiology and biochemistry; clinical electrophysiology; visual sciences

Linda M Nowak

  • Campus: 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

Robert Edward Oswald

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neurochemistry; neuropharmacology; neurophysiology
  • Research Interests: molecular neurobiology and biophysics; neurotransmitter receptors and signal transduction

Ned J. Place

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

Hudson Kern Reeve

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Chris B. Schaffer

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Thomas Dyer Seeley

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

David M. Smith

  • Campus: 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

Maren N Vitousek

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: ethology; neuroethology; Neurobiology: sensory physiology
  • Research Interests: animal orientation and navigation; animal acoustic communication

Melissa R. Warden

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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.

Michael S. Webster

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Gregory Arthur Weiland

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Neurobiology: cellular and molecular neurobiology; neurochemistry; neuropharmacology
  • Research Interests: molecular neurobiology and neuropharmacology; receptor and ion channel mechanisms

David Ward Winkler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Behavioral Biology: behavioral ecology
  • Research Interests: causes of spatial and temporal variation in the life-histories of birds

Nilay Yapici

  • Campus: 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