Professor - Tenure System; Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development
My primary interest is understanding how structural and biochemical changes within the brain regulate behavior. One effective method for investigating this process is the exploitation of naturally occurring differences in behaviors. We study courtship and copulatory displays because they are stereotyped, sexually differentiated, and in many species displayed seasonally. Therefore, we can evaluate mechanisms regulating the behaviors within a sex in and out of the breeding season, as well as between the two sexes. In particular, members of my lab are working with two model systems, zebra finches and green anole lizards.