Dr. Eric S. Fortune, PhD
  Department of Biological Sciences
  New Jersey Institute of Technology
  Newark, NJ 07102-1982 USA
  Tel: +1 443 312 9610, FAX: +1 973 596 5689
  e-mail: eric.fortune@njit.edu


Research program: electric fish
Research program: songbirds


I teach courses in organismal biology, ethology, and systems-level neuroscience.


Cellular and Systems Neuroscience
Federated Department of Biological Sciences, NJIT

This course addresses a fundamental question in Neuroscience – how do brains control animal behavior? The goal of the course is to introduce students to the mechanisms, from the level of molecules to complete brain systems, by which animals control their behavior. We will cover fundamental topics in Neuroscience including the structure and organization of animal brains, the functional design of neurons including anatomical and physiological properties, and the functional organization of sensory and motor systems.


Intersession in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
Federated Department of Biological Sciences, NJIT

This 14 to 16 day course for undergraduates includes travel to the rainforests and Andean highlands of mainland Ecuador, and a tour of the Galápagos Islands. The course starts with two days of pre-departure lectures on a wide variety of topics. These lectures are designed to help students to recognize the most important biological and other phenomena that they will encounter during their travels.

The remainder of the course is spent traveling in Ecuador. During our travels with knowledgeable guides, we also hear lectures from Ecuadorian professors and other experts.


Neuroscience Laboratory

This semester-long laboratory course for advanced undergraduates focuses on hands-on experiences for the neurosciences. The course begins with neuroanatomy, including dissections of sheep and other vertebrate brains, and observations of plastinated human brains. Next is behavior - students observe the behavior of weakly electric fish in the laboratory. Finally are the neurophysiological exercises, which include electrocardiograms, extracellular neurophysiology, and finally intracellular recordings from medicinal leeches.
Honors Concepts in Biology

This semester-long lecture course for first-semester undergraduates reviews and introduces a sampling of current and important fields in modern biology. Topics include evolution, biomechanics, infectious disease, genetics, and behavioral neuroscience.
Neural Systems and Behavior Course,
Marine Biological Laboratory

The NS&B course is an intensive 8-week hands-on foray into the behavioral neurosciences for graduate students and beyond. The course is divided into four 2-week cycles. Each cycle features 1 to 4 model systems that varies from year to year. Model systems have included leech, stomatogastric ganglia, electric fish, fly flight, chick auditory brainstem, insect social behavior, songbird learning and production, whisking in rodents, learning in cerebellar circuits, and behavioral genetics in C. elegans, mice, and zebra fish. I have been faculty in the course for electric fish and birdsong systems.


Neuroetología
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

This course includes reviews of the major neuroethological model systems that occur within the country of Ecuador, including bats, owls, weakly electric fishes, songbirds, ants, bees, and other invertebrates. The course includes a 3 day field trip to the cloud forest Yanayacu Biological Research Station. During this trip students gather behavioral data, design long-term experiments, and conduct neurophysiological recordings. After the field trip, the course focusses on data analysis using Octave, a free replacement for Matlab.

@ericfortunephd 11-Dec-2015