Students in my laboratory study the interactions between
sensory and motor systems that are used to generate and control animal behavior.
Experiments in the lab focus on two main questions:
We use methodologies that cross levels of biological organization from the
computational consequences of transmembrane molecules to
the behavior of multispecies flocks.
- How are the rules for social interaction between conspecifics encoded in the brain?
- How are sensory representations of movement encoded by sensory systems and translated
into motor commands?
Our work includes field studies of natural behavior in Amazon basin habitats,
highly-controlled behavioral studies in the laboratory, a variety of
neurophysiological approaches including intracellular recordings of CNS neurons
in behaving animals, pharmachological studies, and mathematical modeling.