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Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Neuroethology: Compare or Perish!


August 13-14, 2011


Stonehill College
Easton, MA


Andrew A. George

Associate Chair:
Helga Groll

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting is focused on providing an outstanding opportunity for young investigators to discuss issues related to the question: What are the neural correlates relevant to known behavioral differences among animals and how have they evolved? The GRS unites numerous disciplines including neurobiology, physiology, molecular & cellular biology and developmental biology from the perspective of comparative studies, particularly of animals in natural settings.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Presentation
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Lee Dugatkin (University of Louisville)
"The proximate-ultimate feedback loop"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrom Genes to Social Structure: The Modification of Behavior and its Mechanisms
Discussion Leader: Kim Hoke (Colorado State University)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Brian Dias (Emory University)
"Molecular mechanisms underlying behavioral plasticity in a unisexual whiptail lizard"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Josh Lillvis (Georgia State University)
"Species differences in serotonergic neuromodulation of homologous neurons related to locomotor behavior"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Scott Dobrin (Wake Forest University)
"Experience-dependent brain plasticity: how what you do today affects who you are tomorrow"
8:40 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pm Melissa Caras (The University of Washington)
"The effects of breeding condition on auditory processing in a wild songbird"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNeuronetworks and Communication: Integrating Neuroethology and Computational Neuroscience
Discussion Leader: Michael Markham (The University of Oklahoma)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Chris Palmer (UCSD)
"Multifunctional neurons involved in behavioral choice in the medicinal leech"
9:10 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:40 am Tsunehiko Kohashi (Washington University in St. Louis)
"A Novel Whole-brain Preparation for Studying Precise Temporal Coding in Mormyrid Electric Fish"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:10 am Amber Hudson (Emory University)
"Maintaining consistent behavior: Cellular identity in an invertebrate central pattern generator"
10:10 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am - 10:40 am Stephen Shepherd (Princeton University)
"Face to face: primate signal processing"
10:40 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmConverging Evidence for the Neural Basis of Sensory Processing
Discussion Leader: Marc Seid (Scranton University)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm Tim Brawn (The University of Chicago)
"Auditory learning in starlings: A neuroethological approach to sleep-dependent memory consolidation"
1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Discussion
2:00 pm - 2:10 pm Linnea Van Griethuijsen (Tufts University)
"A fast defense behavior in caterpillars: motor patterns and precision"
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 NS075931-01 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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