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Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology
Gordon Research Conference

Neural, Behavioral and Evolutionary Strategies for Animal Survival

Dates

June 18-23, 2017

Location

Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
Melissa Coleman & Keith Sillar

Vice Chairs:
Mark A. Frye & Marie Dacke

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 21, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Neuroethology will focus on "Neural, Behavioral and Evolutionary Strategies for Animal Survival". The core focus of Neuroethology is the understanding of the neuronal bases of natural animal behaviors. In this conference we will highlight some of the amazing strategies animals use for survival. The behavioral, neural and molecular underpinnings of survival strategies will be highlighted in sessions on topics that including the use of toxins in predation and self-preservation, the ability of animals to adapt to a constantly changing environment, group dynamics and social interactions, and the use of multisensory inputs to sample the environment. The goal is to highlight multidisciplinary approaches in each of these topics to stimulate lively discussions that will bring new ideas and approaches to the field. Invited speakers will include both established and early-stage investigators. In addition to formal talks and discussion sessions, all participants are encouraged to present their research in the form of poster presentations. This conference will also include a new initiative of the Gordon Research Board of Trustees called "Power Hour" that is an informal session open to all attendees in which the challenges facing women in science will be discussed. The conference will be preceded by a compelling Neuroethology Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) which will set the stage for the GRC, but cover a unique set of topics. The GRS is an opportunity for graduate students and post-docs to present their research to peers and future colleagues, and to interact with a senior faculty mentor for career and life advice.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmBat Echolocation
Session in memory of Annemarie Surlykke, who was elected as the GRC co-chair.
Discussion Leader: Cynthia Moss (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:55 pm - 8:20 pmSigne Brinklov (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
"ABR-Derived Audiograms and Directional Hearing of Myotis daubentonii"
8:20 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:50 pmLasse Jakobsen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
"Sonar Beam Shape of Nose Emitting Bats Without a Nose-Leaf - A Possible New Model for Nasal Sound Emission"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmKhaleel Razak (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"Sound Localization Behavior and Cortical Mechanisms in the Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus)"
9:20 pm - 9:25 pmDiscussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThe Use of Toxins for Survival
Discussion Leader: Harold Zakon (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amMichael Fox (Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, USA)
"Parasitic Infection Alters Inhibitory Neural Circuits in the Mammalian Brain"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amFrederic Libersat (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
"Predatory Wasps Manufacture a Chemical Arsenal in Venom to Control the Behavior of Its Cockroach Prey"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amHeather Eisthen (Michigan State University, USA)
"Tetrodotoxin: Beyond Survival to Sex and Symbiosis"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmAshlee Rowe (Michigan State University, USA)
"Coevolution Between Scorpion Neurotoxins and Their Ion Channel Targets: Sensory and Neuromuscular Adaptations that Mediate Predator-Prey Interactions"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmGroup Photo / Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Emma Coddington (Willamette University, USA)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmBallistic Behaviors: Catching Your Own Dinner or Avoiding Being Lunch
Discussion Leader: Malcolm Burrows (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:10 pm - 6:50 pmStefan Schuster (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
"Combining Speed and Complexity: Prey Catching in Archerfish"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmGregory Sutton (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"How Insects Use Muscles and Springs to Jump as Quickly as Possible"
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm"Survival of the Fittest": Evolution of Behaviors
Discussion Leader: Kim Hoke (Colorado State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amChristophe Dupre (Columbia University, USA)
"Temporal Structure in Two Behaviors of the Jellyfish Hydra vulgaris"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amJason Gallant (Michigan State University, USA)
"The Evolutionary Genomics of Electric Organs and Electric Signals"
11:15 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:05 pmDaphne Soares (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
"Cavefish Strategies for Success in Complete Darkness"
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmVision: Seeing Your Predator or Prey
Discussion Leader: Catherine Carr (University of Maryland, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:10 pm - 6:50 pmPaloma Gonzalez Bellido (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"The Visual Adaptations and Behavioural Strategies that Allow Miniature Flies to Detect and Catch Fleeting Prey"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmWilliam Mowrey (Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"Neural Models of Motion Extrapolation in Amphibian Prey Capture"
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSocial Behaviors
Discussion Leader: Emma Coddington (Willamette University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amIvan Rodriguez (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
"The Sick Sense Is in the Nose"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amMala Murthy (Princeton University, USA)
"Neural Mechanisms for Dynamic Acoustic Communication in Drosophila"
11:15 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:05 pmEric Fortune (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
"When Brains Cooperate"
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmNeural Circuit Flexibility Underlying Behavioral Adaptation
Discussion Leader: Felix Schweizer (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:10 pm - 6:50 pmNathalie Rochefort (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
"Behavioural State Modulation of Inhibition in Mouse Primary Visual Cortex"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmJohn Simmers (University of Bordeaux, France)
"Neural Circuit Flexibility Underlying Behavioral Adaptation"
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNeural Circuits Underlying Behaviors
Discussion Leader: Keith Sillar (University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amDenis Combes (University of Bordeaux, France)
"Developmental Plasticity of Locomotor and Respiratory Networks and Their Interaction During Frog Metamorphosis"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amAbdel El Manira (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
"Modular Microcircuits Underlying Gear Changes During Locomotion"
11:15 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:05 pmClaire Wyart (Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (ICM), France)
"Light on an Ancestral Sensory Interface Linking Cerebrospinal Fluid to Motor Circuits in Vertebrates"
12:05 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmMigration and Navigation
Discussion Leader: Eric Warrant (Lund University, Sweden)
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:10 pm - 6:50 pmSteven Reppert (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
"Neurobiology of Monarch Butterfly Migration"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmMarie Dacke (Lund University, Sweden)
"Compass Orientation in Insects: Behavioural Responses and Underlying Neural Mechanisms"
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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