Fortune Laboratory Industries

Students in my laboratory study the interactions between sensory and motor systems that generate and control animal behavior. Experiments in the lab focus on two main questions:

How do the brains of animals interact to control social interactions?

How do animals use sensory feedback for locomotor control?

We use approaches that cross levels of biological organization from the computational consequences of transmembrane molecules to the behavior of multispecies flocks.

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.



Field Eigenmannia

What are the neural mechanisms that govern social interactions in weakly electric fishes?

Refuge tracking

How do animals use multisensory feedback for the control of locomotion?

Moth flight

How do moths avoid being eaten by echolocating bats?

Plain-tailed wren

How do animals control cooperative behaviors?